HAZLET –An SUV was stolen from a residential neighborhood near the train station, sometime Thursday night or early Friday morning. Three other cars were broken into, nearby.
The stolen 2012 Ford Explorer was swiftly returned to its owner. “Luckily, it was just recovered in Newark again, within a few blocks of the area where all the other have been found.”
In their investigation, police found that the car was parked in the street, unlocked, with a spare key inside.
It was the fourth vehicle reported stolen in Hazlet so far this year. All were left unlocked, with the keys inside. All have been returned. On Jan. 30, a Nissan Pathfinder was taken from Convent Court, off Holmdel Road and found Wednesday in Newark. On Feb. 4, an Acura was stolen from Raritan Valley’s Kildare Drive and found in Newark. And on Feb. 7, a car left running with keys inside was driven away from the Shell station on Route 36 and Middle, and later found in Aberdeen.
In 2018, there were 2 car thefts in Hazlet, according to police: on Nov. 18, a Hyundai Sonata taken from Galway Drive in Raritan Valley, later found in Newark; and an employee’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz stolen from the T-Mobile store on Route 35, later found in Irvington.
Police are urging residents to be defensive against car theft and to lock your doors and take the keys with you. “These are crimes of opportunity,” said Lt. Scott Mura.