Surf City Among Ocean County Communities Targeted by North Jersey Auto Theft Ring

An structured auto theft ring from Newark is thought to be liable for a rash of high-stop auto thefts targeting Jersey Shore communities, including Surf City. So far, no vehicle thefts have been reported in any other Extensive Beach Island town. 
“(They) have been performing their way south for some time now,” Law enforcement Chief Jack Casella claimed Monday, noting the identical group invested a considerable volume of time concentrating on communities in northern Ocean County. “I really do not have any motive to consider, at this position, that any community brought our town to their notice.” 
4 higher-conclude cars have been stolen from Surf Metropolis residences around a 7-working day interval in September. All ended up recovered in North Jersey, with three getting located in Newark and one particular in Hillside.  
The theft of a BMW sports activities utility vehicle, Dodge Durango, Audi convertible and Mercedes sedan totaled more than $185,000 in price, in accordance to Councilman William Hodgson. He chairs the borough’s finance and police committee. His feedback arrived all through his committee report at the Oct. 14 borough council meeting. 
The stolen automobiles established a report for the greatest price of assets removed from borough residences because Hodgson was elected to the council about 25 yrs ago, he stated.  
“They prey on communities like ours,” he claimed of the structured motor vehicle theft ring. “They are persons who know we experience safe and sound and safe. They glimpse for higher-conclusion automobiles.” 
The group, which took three cars and trucks right away between Sept. 16 and 17, know what to glimpse for, he stated.  
When higher-end cars and trucks are locked and the critical fob is taken off from the interior of the automobile, the mirrors fold inward, Hodgson explained. The car robbers glance for high-finish cars in which the mirrors are in driving posture, he added.  
“The solitary ideal issue for folks to do is lock their motor vehicle,” Casella claimed, adding that 100 % of the car burglaries and motor vehicle thefts occurred in unlocked autos. “The automobiles taken had the key fobs in them.” 
Casella also claimed the cars stolen on Sept. 16-17 confirmed no signals of compelled entry and have been taken without the need of incident. That is in distinction to the past car or truck theft in the borough, which occurred at about 3:15 a.m. Sept. 25, when officers observed what they believed to be suspicious action in the north finish of Surf Metropolis. The driver of the Mercedes unsuccessful to cease when Patrolman Michael Allen tried to pull the vehicle over.   
Allen pursued the vehicle as a result of the borough into Ship Base, then across the Causeway into Stafford Township to the northbound entrance to the Yard State Parkway. The pursuit was terminated there in the curiosity of general public security, law enforcement officials said.   
Law enforcement acquired the car or truck experienced been stolen soon prior to officers noticed it getting operated. It had been left unlocked with the vital fob inside of the automobile, law enforcement claimed. The Mercedes was later on recovered in Hillside, in accordance to regulation enforcement officials.  
Shortly immediately after the preliminary law enforcement pursuit, Patrolman John Boyne watched a dim-coloured sedan travel south on Extended Seaside Boulevard at a superior pace. The driver took off when Boyne tried to cease him, and the officer followed the automobile off the Island. That chase was also stopped in the desire of community basic safety, according to authorities.   
Law enforcement thinks the 2nd motor vehicle, which had been reported stolen from Newark, was the transportation automobile applied by the suspects to occur to Very long Seaside Island.   
When asked why the motor vehicle thieves would concentrate on Surf Town, he stated, “Likely for the reason that we seem far more household than Ship Base and have prepared obtain to the bridge. Why now would only be a guess.” 
Beach front Haven Law enforcement Main James Markoski stated his borough has not experienced any incidents. 
“We have reminded persons by the section Facebook page to lock their cars, remove their essential fob and not leave purses, wallets, etc. inside the car or truck,” he said.  
Harvey Cedars Law enforcement Chief Robert Burnaford said his division has a reminder on social media for car proprietors to lock automobile doors and take out any valuables ahead of turning in for the evening. 
In the course of the summer time of 2013, various luxurious automobiles were stolen in Harvey Cedars. In just about every circumstance, the key fob was still left in the car.  
“People maybe think that simply because they are on Very long Beach Island that they’re safe from this form of criminal offense, but it can happen anywhere, so you have to use warning,” he claimed.  
— Gina G. Scala

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