Thieves in South Orange Steal Cars, Bicycle and Even DPW's Leaf Blower
Friday, July 25, 2014 • 10:10pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – South Orange police are investigating three vehicle thefts, and a number of residents reported items stolen from their vehicles this week.
A resident who did not realize he dropped his car key while waiting to board a train at 6 a.m. on Thursday returned at 8 p.m. to find someone had stolen his 2008 Saab from the transit lot.
A West Third Street resident who left his keys in the console of his unlocked car reported that someone entered the parking garage at his housing complex and stole his 1997 Chevy. The theft occurred between 9 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday. In addition, two vehicles parked at the housing complex were ransacked. A GPS and miscellaneous papers were stolen.
A Holland Road resident learned her vehicle was stolen when South Orange police notified her on Monday that her car had been involved in a pursuit and crash in Union County. She told police it must have been stolen sometime after 2 p.m. on Monday.
Other thefts from vehicles:
- A Glenside Road resident said a pocketbook and a set of car keys was stolen from her 2009 Honda, parked in her driveway, between 8 and 10 p.m. on Thursday. The pocketbook was later recovered.
- A South Ridgewood Road resident said that someone stole a small amount of change, along with registration and insurance documents, from his 2008 Nissan. The theft occurred between 2 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Thursday. The vehicle was parked in the driveway.
- A Marion Avenue resident told police someone had entered two vehicles parked in the driveway and took an old cell phone, and electric keyboard and a camera. The thefts occurred between midnight and 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
- A Vose Avenue resident said that someone stole several CDs, some coins and a personal check from her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway. The theft occurred overnight on July 17.
In other police news:
A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both of South Orange, were arrested at 10 a.m. on Tuesday after they were seen climbing through a side window of an Academy Street residence. Police said the two stood on a bucket to reach the window. Officers apprehended them inside the residence. They were taken to the Essex County youth facility in Newark.
Nehemiah Henderson, 28, of South Orange was arrested at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said he had given a false name during an ongoing investigation.
Keith Julie, 55, of Irvington, was arrested at 9:20 p.m. on July 18 and charged with driving while intoxicated after someone reported a driver asleep behind the wheel at Centre Street and South Orange Avenue.
Someone broke a window in a door at South Mountain Annex school sometime between July 11 and July 14. Police said nothing was stolen.
Police are investigating several criminal mischief complaints. An Irvington Avenue resident said someone broke a window in his 2009 Honda between noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle was parked in his driveway. An East Orange resident said someone damaged her 2014 Honda by pouring a substance into the gas tank while the vehicle was parked on South Orange Avenue. The incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 11. A West South orange Avenue resident said that someone tried to pry open the passenger window and door on his 2002 Doge, which was parked in the drive. The incident occurred overnight on July 14. A Varsity Road resident called police at 10:15 p.m. on July 16 when he saw two men lighting on a fire on the hood of a vehicle parked on the street.
A bicycle was stolen from a yard on Turrell Avenue around midnight on July 11. A neighbor called police to report he saw four youths taking the bicycle.
An art piece made of copper, valued at $3,000, was stolen from the front lawn of a Mountain Drive residence sometime between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on July 16.
A Kindle was stolen after a South Orange resident left it on a table outside a South Orange Avenue restaurant at 10:10 a.m. on July 15. Although the resident returned a few minutes later, the Kindle was gone.
- A leaf blower was stolen from the back of a South Orange-owned pickup truck while the employee was working on landscaping on Valley Street.