The Pequannock Police Department is advising residents to make sure they lock their cars in the wake of a rash of recent car burglaries.
Local residents in Pequannock New Jersey have notified police of several instances of cars being broken into and burglarized in recent weeks. The burglaries reportedly occurred on Madison Street, Roosevelt Street, Pomona Avenue, and the Boulevard.
Many of the car burglaries involved vehicles that had been parked in the owners’ driveways.
According to law enforcement, the common denominator in all of the vehicle break-ins is that the cars were unlocked. As a result, Pequannock police are issuing a notice to local residents to always lock their cars when the vehicles are unattended. This should even be done when the vehicles are parked in the residents’ driveways.
Additionally, Pequannock NJ police are asking residents to be alert and “immediately report” any suspicious individuals they see in the neighborhood.
Police are currently looking for a number of suspects who allegedly entered unlocked cars and stole cash, change, uncashed checks, and electronic equipment.
If investigators are able to identify and apprehend the suspects, serious criminal charges for burglary and theft of movable property would likely follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically classified as a third degree felony. This means the suspects could face a potential penalty of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Pequannock Police Urge Residents to Lock Cars After Burglaries.”