Seven Unlocked Vehicles Entered by Thieves Over Weekend
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 • 8:10am
MILLBURN, NJ – The following items were reported by the Millburn Police Department:
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, a West Orange resident reported that her 1999 Jeep Cherokee Sport was stolen from the Mall at Short Hills between 3:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The victim is an employee at a store located at the Mall at Short Hills. The vehicle was recovered parked and unoccupied by Newark PD at 5:30 a.m. on September 12.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 9:20 p.m., officers responded to the area of Sparta Road and Athens Road on a report of a suspicious motor vehicle. Upon arrival, the officers located a 1996 Volvo parked and occupied by a 19-year-old male from Maplewood and a juvenile male from Maplewood. As officer approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the two persons to be in possession 50 or less grams of marijuana. The older male was placed under arrest and was charged with possession of marijuana and was released on his own recognizance with his first court appearance scheduled for September 24. The juvenile was taken into custody and was released to the custody of a parent.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, seven vehicles were reported to have been entered unlawfully between Friday night at 6 p.m. and Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Two of the vehicles were parked on Mountainview Road, four of the vehicles were parked on Rosedale Avenue, and one vehicle was in the South Mountain section of Wyoming Avenue. Five of the vehicle owners stated they left the vehicles unlocked and the other vehicles were presumed to be unlocked as there were no signs of forced entry. Reported dtolen from the vehicles was one cell phone, one laptop and cash. The incidents are currently under investigation by the Millburn Police Department Detective Bureau.
Residents are encouraged to both lock and remove valuables from their vehicles. Suspicious activity should be reported to the Millburn Police Department immediately at (973) 564-7001 or in the case of an emergency by dialing 911.