CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Suspects in an auto burglary in Cedar Grove led police on a car chase last week that involved authorities from Verona and Little Falls.

According to Cedar Grove police, at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, a Westview Court resident reported a suspicious vehicle on the street. Officers began to check the area. Officer Johnson located the vehicle in the Highpoint Complex. The vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the roadway. Officers attempted to stop the suspects. The vehicle fled out of the complex and headed toward Route 23. The vehicle a black Hyundai was occupied by three younger males and one female.

The officer chose not to pursue due to the risk to the workman in the roadway while in the roadway paving on the highway. However, further south, the Verona Police Department was able to assist getting the license plate and pursuing the vehicle into West Orange. It was lost after crossing Eagle Rock Avenue. It was discovered that the suspect had been trying car doors on Westview Court. The Hyundai was reported stolen out of Belleville.  

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Later that early morning on Aug. 12, at 3:45 a.m. Little Falls PD reported that they were in pursuit of suspicious vehicle traveling 100 mph heading south on Route 23 in Cedar Grove. The vehicle was traveling toward the Route 23 roadway paving operation. Little Falls PD was advised of the workman in the roadway and immediately terminated the pursuit. A short time later the vehicle crashed on Route 23 near the intersection of Claremont Avenue in Verona. Five young males fled on foot from the vehicle and were later apprehended by state police, and officers from Verona, Cedar Grove and Montclair. The five suspects were transported to the Little Falls PD. The vehicle had been reported stolen.

In another incident four nights later, Cedar Grove police sais that on August 16 at 1 a.m. an Eileen Drive resident reported an attempted motor vehicle theft. Officers began to check the area. Sgt. Rodriguez located a black Honda CRV in the newer section of Eileen Drive. The vehicle was occupied by three young males. When Sgt. Rodriguez attempted to stop the vehicle it fled down Vincent Road toward Route 23. The vehicle turned north on Route 23 toward Little Falls. Officer Grawehr pursued the vehicle briefly however the officer was unable to catch up to the car. It was last seen travel into Little Falls exceeding 100 mph.

"We suspect the Honda had been stolen out of Wyckoff and was pursued earlier that evening by Mountain Lakes P.D. for burglary," said Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa. "Great job by residents reporting the suspicious vehicles. Please continue to lock and remove keys and valuables from your vehicles. It will deter thefts and discourage the behavior. If you should observe suspicious activity or a crime, contact police immediately. Do not investigate or confront the actors on your own."