WESTFIELD, NJ — A thief made off with a vehicle that had been left unlocked with the key inside of it over the weekend, police said Monday.

The theft occurred on Ramapo Way Sunday morning, a Nixle alert from the town said. The alert advised the public to lock up but did not provide additional details.

It is not the first time this has happened, according to police. State police data show six vehicles stolen within Westfield during the first three months of this year.

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Police have recorded additional thefts since then.

On May 6, a resident in the 100 block of Wychwood Road reported that his Porche Cayenne was stolen from his driveway, police said. The $80,000 vehicle contained an estimated $1,025 worth of personal items inside, according to police.

On June 1, a resident on Ardsleigh Drive told police their vehicle left unlocked with a key inside of it while parked in a driveway was stolen, according to police. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee had various items inside of it, police said.

It’s not that police haven’t warned the public. In an open letter posted to the Westfield Police Department’s Facebook Page in December 2019, Police Chief Christopher Battiloro issued a strong warning for the public to lock up.

“This is a crime of opportunity and, as I have said many times, completely eliminating car thefts is unlikely — but we can displace them. Without the ease of access these thieves are currently experiencing in Westfield, they will soon go elsewhere,” Battiloro stated.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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