UNION COUNTY, NJ – Thieves continue to search for luxury vehicles to steal in Union County, especially if their keys are unlocked in them, officials said.
Most recently, at 5:15 a.m. on Friday morning, a local mayor said a Mercedes Benz E350 convertible was picked up from the parking lot of the Mountainside 7-Eleven.
Westfield Police Chief Battiloro also noticed these car thefts and break-ins in Westfield and Mountainside this week:
- At around 2:21 p.m. on Saturday, it was reported that a black 2019 Audi A5 with a NY badge was spotted exiting the rear private parking lot of the Echo Lake Country Club on the 500 block of Springfield Avenue. A subsequent review of the video surveillance footage revealed that two male occupants left this vehicle and pulled on the door handles of parked vehicles. One of the suspects is said to be wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black ski mask. No vehicles were successfully entered and the black Audi A5 from 2019, which had previously been reported as stolen, then escaped from the site. RELATED: Cars Are Stolen in Union County Country Clubs: Officials
- On Monday at around 9:13 a.m., a 2011 Honda CRV was reported stolen from the driveway of an apartment building on the 20th block of Doris Parkway. It was left unlocked with his key in the vehicle at the time of the theft. In addition, an unlocked vehicle was reportedly broken into in Block 40 on Doris Parkway and unlocked vehicles in Block 700 on Carleton Road and 1000 Block on Rahway Avenue.
- At 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, a Bennett Place resident reported that his 2013 S550 Mercedes had been stolen during the night hours. A police investigation revealed that it was left unlocked with his key or key fob at the time of the theft.
And in Mountainside:
- A 2020 Land Rover Range Rover was reported stolen from a commercial company’s parking lot at Block 1100 of Route 22 West in the afternoon hours of Saturday. It was left unlocked with its key fob in it at the time of the theft. An unlocked Lamborghini SUV was also broken into.
In Westfield, 15 vehicles have been stolen in 2021, 12 of which have now been recovered, said Westfield’s Mayor Shelley Brindle.