SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- On Friday, April 17, a Scotch Plains resident called to report the theft of a 2014 Audi Q7 during the overnight hours. A neighbor also reported their vehicle on Hidden Meadow Drive was entered and a key fob to a BMW was stolen.
Officers canvassed the area and were able to retrieve video of the incident. That same evening, Det. Lt. Al Sellinger, Det. Sgt. Stan Pearson, along with detectives Rob Lewis and Dave Belford, set up surveillance in the area in
anticipation of the suspects' returning to steal the BMW.
The officers witnessed a male and a female walk into the area; the male walked up to the BMW, and the detectives attempted to conduct a field interview. The suspects fled, and a foot chase ensued.
The male suspect was apprehended by Det. Sgt. Pearson and Det. Lewis. The female was found hiding under a vehicle in the area by Det. Lt. Sellinger and Det. Belford.
The suspects were later identified as a 17-year-old male and 16-year-old female from Newark. The male had the key fob belonging to the BMW in his possession. Both suspects were transported to headquarters, processed and turned over to their guardians.
"It was an outstanding job by Lt. Al Sellinger, Det. Dave Belford, Sgt. Stan Pearson, and Det. Rob Lewis," said Scotch Plains police chief Ted Conley. "I want to remind residents not to leave key fobs in their cars. When someone looking to steal a high end car sees mirrors out, it signals that the door is unlocked and that the key might be inside the car. Don't make it easy for them; bring your key fobs inside with you."
Chief Conley also warned residents to be wary of scams such as the one that victimized a resident in the 2000 block of Coles Ave. The victim was contacted by someone pretending to be a family member who was in a car accident and needed money. A large sum of money was wire-transferred. Afterwards the victim realized it was a scam.
The chief advises if anyone receives a phone call asking for a wire transfer for such an occurrence to call the police first before wiring any money.
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