WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange police responded to dozens of burglaries to vehicles, theft of vehicles and criminal mischief to vehicles in April.
A gray 2008 BMW 535 was removed from a driveway on Hillside Avenue sometime between 7:40 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on April 4 while it was unlocked with the keys inside and the engine running.
A white 2002 Ford Econoline, a company car, was stolen out of the CVS Pharmacy parking lot on Main Street later the same day, according to police. The victim stated that approximately $1350 worth of tools was in the van at the time it was stolen.
Two vehicles, a white 2013 Jeep Wrangler and a black 1990 Mercedes Benz, were stolen from residences on Rollinson Street. According to police, both vehicles were left running unattended in order to warm them up and were gone upon the owners’ return. Surveillance videos showed a heavy-set male in the vicinity of the first vehicle. A crossing guard at Hazel Avenue and Rollinson observed a black male entering the second vehicle.
On April 18, a gray 2017 Volkswagon Jetta was stolen off the street behind a building on Old Short Hills Road.
Theft/Burglary to Vehicles:
In addition to the vehicle thefts mentioned above, more than a dozen vehicles were broken into while parked in both driveways and on roads. Some were only rummaged through, but many had items taken. Many vehicles were also reported to be unlocked at the time of the burglary.
Common items taken from these vehicles included miscellaneous paper records like licenses, registration, credit cards and social security cards; electronics like laptops, iPods and cell phones; sunglasses; EZ Pass; and cash.
Criminal Mischief to Motor Vehicles:
The co-owner of Greg’s Auto Repair in West Orange reported that several vehicles had been spray painted overnight. An unknown male was seen on the surveillance videos at approximately 21:10 p.m. on April 4 spray painting and keying several vehicles.
It was noted in the report, which listed 10 vandalized vehicle, that the suspect is seen spraying a 2004 Infinity G35X once before coming back to spray it a second time. The victim told police that he believes to the suspect to be the man who was meant to purchase that vehicle.
According to police, the victim reported that the Infinity was meant to be sold in March to a West Orange resident and that the buyer agreed to make payments totaling $3800. However, the victim said once the buyer had paid $2300, he then demanded $2000 be returned to him because he was moving out of state. The victim refused shortly before this incident.