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Scotch Plains Blotter: Several GPS Devices Stolen From Unlocked Vehicles

The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Police Department. Arrests do not indicate convictions.


The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Police Department. 


January 28, 2013:
 A resident of East Second Street reported being a victim of Criminal Mischief.  He stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) damaged his mailbox.

January 30, 2013:  The owner of a Terrill Road store reported being a victim of a Theft.  She stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) removed several pieces of furniture from in front of her store.  The furniture was valued at approximately $475.


January 31, 2013:
A resident of Hidden Meadow Drive reported being victim of a Theft.  She stated that unknown suspect(s) removed a diamond ring from her bedroom.  She had several people over to do work at the house and when they left he noticed the ring missing.  The ring is valued at approximately $1,600.


February 2, 2013:
  A resident of Highlander Drive reported being a victim of a Theft.  He stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in her driveway.  Once inside the suspect(s) removed a GPS. valued at approximately $300.  Entrance was gained through an unlocked door.


February 3, 2013:
A resident of Aberdeen Road reported being a victim of a Theft.  He stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in his driveway.  Once inside the suspect(s) removed a GPS valued at approximately $250.  Entrance was gained through an unlocked door.


February 3, 2013: 
A resident of Balmoral. reported being a victim of a Theft. He stated that sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in the driveway.  Once inside the suspect(s) removed a GPS valued at approximately $150.  Entrance was gained through an unlocked door.

 

February 3, 2013:  A resident of Sunnyfield Lane reported being a victim of a Theft. He stated sometime overnight unknown suspect(s) entered his vehicle which was parked in the driveway.  Once inside the suspect(s) removed a GPS valued at approximately $150.  Entranced was gained through an unlocked door.


march February 06, 2013 at 12:32 PM
How in the world is it so difficult to catch a GPS/loose change thief? Maybe Fanwood PD could take the guy sitting the abandoned Gulf looking for people going through ambers and California stopping and have him/her patrol looking for someone walking around with a bag full of Tom Toms and Garmins...
ralphwiggummm February 06, 2013 at 12:59 PM
It boggles the mind. I guess that the police are just too chicken to step-up and go after these criminals. You know, if you don't try, you won't fail. And I think fear of failure is what is driving this decision. In towns like ours, the police (brigands) are simply revenue agents for the local government. They know nothing about criminal investigation except when it comes to investigating their criminal behavior...
LongTimeRes February 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Umm - lock your doors!
march February 06, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Long Time, I don't disagree with you. But to say that a person should have items stolen from them simply because their door is unlocked is moronic. I happen to have a neighbor who has a similar frequency on their car remote as my car does. They unlock my car all the time without meaning to. How about patroling a bit? These thefts have been goin on for months! The week I moved in, someone threw a metal cylander at my front window and broke it. When I called the police, the cop kept saying it had to have been a tree branch from the wind...uh-big metal cylander imbedded between the window pains. He was stumped. Took the report and left. No asking neighbors if they saw anything. No bother to investigate in the least. Oh and LongTime...my door was locked when the window was broken.
Oi Oi Oi February 06, 2013 at 08:12 PM
How is the PD fault that people are too dumb to lock their cars? I have something of value, I keep it secure. Funnily enough, it won't get stolen by people with lite fingers(or at least make them work for it. Pretty simple huh?
ralphwiggummm February 07, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Evidently the perp didn't have any warrants. Too bad your crime scene wasn't nearer a yellow light. ;^)
ralphwiggummm February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
It is not about locks, it is about honesty. Should it be okay that theives take your lawn furniture because you don't lock it down? It is also about paying a police force who are supposed to "serve and protect" who sit in expensive, souped-up cars and harass citizens who miss-time their trip through an intersection instead of pursuing criminals and investigating criminal behaviour.
Fanwood Resident February 21, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Occasionally people will forget to lock their car doors. We had a rash of thefts on our street around Christmastime several years ago. The thief went up & down the street, checking all the cars for unlocked doors and removing anything of value. Our neighbor, who habitually locks his doors, left it unlocked by mistake and had his wallet stolen from his car. He received a call from his bank informing him that someone tried to use his debit card at the Plainfield train station. He tried to get in touch with the Fanwood detective with this information, but NEVER received a call back.

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