WEST ORANGE, NJ — A blue 1999 BMW 323 was in the process of being stolen near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Watson Avenue when West Orange police received notice of the incident.
According to police, the vehicle in question was last seen traveling north on Whittlesey Avenue toward Montclair when police responded and located a blue BMW abandoned in front of 128 High St. in Montclair, facing the opposite flow of traffic. Central Communications confirmed this to be the stolen vehicle, which was left running with the keys inside and had damage to the left side of the rear bumper, rear driver-side door and left side-view mirror, according to police.
Police responded to Chestnut Street and Watson Avenue to render aid to the victim, who stated that he was inside Watson Grocery while his vehicle was running and unoccupied with the keys in the ignition outside the convenience store. Police said that the victim observed a young, black male wearing a black beanie and dark clothing attempting to steal his vehicle.
The victim said he returned to his vehicle in attempt to stop the actor when the suspect backed up and struck the victim with the front passenger door, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim then observed the actor strike a utility pole and then make a U-Turn on Chestnut Street to eventually flee north on Whittlesey Avenue.
According to police, the victim also observed a second suspect vehicle, described as an older model two-door Chevrolet, following his own.
Approximately 15 minutes after the incident occurred, the Montclair Police Department reported a second car jacking that occurred at 204 Glenridge Ave. in Montclair. According to police, two black male actors wearing black beanies and dark clothing, each armed with a black handgun, were described as the suspects in the robbery of a black Subaru Legacy.
The suspects—charged with robbery, assault, unlawful possession of weapons and possession of weapons for an unlawful purpose—were unknown at the time of this report.
Over the holidays, West Orange police responded to multiple calls throughout town. See some of the highlights HERE.