WEST ORANGE, NJ — Upon entering her black Honda Accord on Aug. 2, a West Orange resident noticed that her driver seat was suspiciously repositioned despite her being the only person who operates the vehicle. When she exited the vehicle and observed that the front passenger-side tire had been replaced with the vehicle’s spare tire and that the rear tire was flat with a large hole in it, police were contacted immediately.
According to West Orange police, the victim allegedly parked her vehicle against the curb on Lindsley Ave. at the corner of Wheeler St. at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 and that the vehicle was parked in the same spot when she entered the vehicle on Aug. 2. It was also noted that there is only one key to the vehicle, which the victim said she leaves on her bedroom dresser at night and was in possession of at the time of her report.
Police noted that there was no damage observed to any windows or doors to the car and that there is no evidence that the vehicle ignition was tampered with.
There were also minor scratches to the front passenger-side fender, but no items were reported missing from the vehicle. The victim’s son was on scene but could not provide any additional information regarding the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed that between parking the car on Aug. 1 and reporting the incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. the following morning, an unknown suspect(s) removed the vehicle from its location on Lindsley Ave.
According to police, the front passenger-side tire was removed from the vehicle and replaced with the spare was not inside the vehicle when police responded to the scene. Police noted, however, that the Honda rim and tire matching the one missing from the vehicle was located on the curb on Carteret Street.
In other news, police responded to a second call of a stolen vehicle at approximately 5:46 p.m. on Aug. 5. The victim reported that his vehicle was no longer parked where he left it the previous night at the intersection of Chestnut and Watson Ave.
West Orange Police are also investigating burglaries at Mitchell St. and Northfield Ave. that occurred on July 29 and Aug. 3, respectively.
Three nail guns, a table saw and a power washer, valued at a total of approximately $1600, were reported missing from a residence of Mitchell St., where the victim’s detached garage in the rear of the house was unlocked at the time of the theft.
An Apple Macbook Pro valued at $700, an Apple disk player, a prescription pad and $500 cash were reported stolen on Aug. 3 from an office on Northfield Ave., where the victim reported that his laptop and its accompanying disk player were left on his office desk.
According to police, there were no signs of forced entry to any of the office doors. Police also noted that the cleaning staff has access to the office at night. The manager of the building was not on scene, police said, but would be able to provide the names of the cleaning staff upon request once contacted.