Woman Foils Suspected Auto Thief in South Orange
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 • 11:28am
A roundup of SOPD activity: Police arrested a 38-year-old Orange resident on charges of attempted burglary of a vehicle after a resident spotted him in her vehicle.
The Turrell Avenue resident told police she was pulling into her driveway at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 27 and saw a man inside her Ford Explorer, which was parked in the driveway. The man fled, but a police search of the area resulted in apprehension of the suspect, Vincent Thomas. Police said the woman positively identified the suspect.
Police are still searching for a man who punched his victim in the head and mouth and stole his cell phone on Dec. 27 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Police said the victim, an Irvington resident, was walking on Varsity Road when he was attacked from behind. The robber is described as a black male, about 5-feet-10, wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt. He was accompanied by two other males.
In other police news:
One auto theft and two attempts have been reported to police. A Fairview Avenue resident told police between 7:30 p.m. and 9:21 p.m. on Dec. 27, someone stole his 1999 Volkswagen, which was parked at the corner of Fairview and Irvington avenues. A Kilburn Place resident said about 8 p.m. on Dec. 28, he saw someone attempting to steal his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway. The man fled in a waiting vehicle. The victim's driver’s side door lock and ignition were damaged. A Church Street resident said someone broke into her car, which was parked in her building parking lot, damaging the ignition. She reported the incident to police on Dec. 31.
Unlocked vehicles were targets of thieves as well. A Finley Place resident said someone stole a women’s wallet from his unlocked vehicle, which was parked in his driveway. The theft occurred sometime overnight on Dec. 30. A Brentwood Drive resident reported a theft that occurred during the same time frame. Someone stole the owner’s manual, with the valet key, and a gym bag from the trunk. The vehicle was parked in his driveway.
A thief targeted copper pipes in a home break-in between Dec. 23 and Dec. 27. A Finlay Place resident told police someone entered his residence, removing copper pipes from his furnace and water softener. Police also investigated a break-in on Dec. 26 on Warwick Avenue, responding to an activated alarm. Someone gained entry to the home by breaking a back-door window pane. Police did not know if any items were removed from the home.
- Bicycle thieves continue to be active. A Seton Hall Place resident reported that between Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, someone entered her garage and stole a black Nishiki Pueblo bicycle.