Police issue warning after recent car thefts


UPDATE — Four vehicles have been stolen from the borough. On Aug. 28, a vehicle was taken from a driveway on Jordan Drive and recovered in Union, New Jersey. On Aug. 29, two vehicles were taken from the same driveway on Oceanview Road with one recovered in Newark. On Sept. 5, a vehicle was taken from Teaberry Lane which was recovered in Union, also. Each vehicle was unlocked with keys or key fabs in the vehicle.

BRIELLE — The Brielle Police Department urges residents to lock their cars in light of recent car thefts in the borough.

“What’s important for people to know is that this is a sophisticated car theft ring, and if you’re going to leave your keys and your key fobs in newer cars, they’re probably going to take your car,” said Brielle Chief of Police Michael Palmer. “If you have your keys and your key fob in the house with your car locked, you’re probably in good shape.”

According to the Manasquan Police Department where there have also been car thefts, “The car thieves are using illegal technology which allows them to drive by a vehicle and determine if a key fob is located within the vehicle. This makes stealing the car as easy as approaching the vehicle, starting it and driving away.”

The Brielle Police Department and New Jersey State Police are currently investigating two separate incidents that happened in the borough.

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