Lexus Left 'Warming Up' Stolen From West Caldwell Driveway

Police warn residents about leaving cars running and unoccupied.

A Lexus left warming up on a West Caldwell driveway was reported stolen Tuesday morning, police officials said.

A resident of Sunnie Terrace told police he went outside at about 6:50 a.m. and started his car to let it warm up. When he returned five minutes later, he said, the car was gone.

The car was a 2010 four-door Black Lexus with New Jersey license plates. 

In a release Tuesday morning police said, "Residents are reminded not to leave cars running and unoccupied as well as to contact the police department if they observe anything out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods, including people on foot that are acting in an unusual manner."

The car theft is under investigation by West Caldwell Officer Brett Keepers.

There have been a number of car thefts involving cars left warming up in the Caldwells this winter.


Laurie Weinberg February 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
How many cars have to get stolen from driveways before people will listen??? Really??
Cj February 26, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I agree Laurie. The police have said this over and over. Happened to another person near the park recently. Maybe insurance companies should stop paying for leaving a car running and people will think twice about doing it
Nick A February 26, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Police have to start aiming at the real criminal activity and stop aiming at the people who didn't use their directional in a turning lane.
Disgruntled Mercury Owner February 26, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Dear Thieves, I live on Park Place in North Caldwell, please come steal my car. It is a black Mercury SUV and I have had the transmission rebuilt twice already and the car is only 3 years old and the car still revs to much higher RPM's than it should during normal driving, but "there is nothing wrong with it" according to the dealer. I also had to deal with a spontaneous shattering of my rear window on Christmas Day 2011. A shifter light bulb that has gone out twice already. Weatherstripping under the door that is ripping off the car. Please take this piece of junk off my hands so I can start fresh with a quality car. Thank you. I will leave it running every morning with the car unlocked for easy pickings. Sincerely, Disgruntled Mercury Owner
Michael February 26, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Laurie as much as I want to agree with you, I find it hard to justify blaming the victim of starting his own car on his own property and letting it run to warm up. This is a big reason why our society as a whole is crumbling. Instead of harsh laws for people that would steal, we would end up making a law that prevents people from warming up their cars in the morning, which leads to laws against having any device running on your property, etc. etc., the intrusion of laws by government under the guise of safety and security reach deeper and deeper into our private property and more and more so into your personal space. Example: "When are people going to learn not to walk late at night on the sidewalk"? I mean I am sure a lot less murder, rape, robbery, etc. would occur if we past a law based on your comment about the running car, but the victim is the one penalized by losing their freedom, which is very difficult if even possible to get back. We need to re wire ourselves and start thinking about our individual rights, because the next victim to lose more then just their car might be you. Freedom is precious and the only person at fault here is the thief that feels he is entitled to someone elses property.
RM7 February 26, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Bingo. Why not conduct sting operations using decoy cars in driveways/streets? How many car jackings are going to have to happen for police to actually take premeditated actions rather than routine follow up investigations?
g.t. February 26, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Get remote starts installed in your cars. I start my car every morning but my doors remain locked and my keys are in my house with me. even if they break the window and jump in once they press the brake the car shuts off.
melanie February 26, 2013 at 05:20 PM
i think the police need to start being more proactive and drive around our streets more often instead of sitting in parking lots at walgreens and TJMaxx
Kean09 February 26, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Kevin B February 26, 2013 at 06:01 PM
To RM7: Did you say car jacking? I read it was a car taken from a driveway with no one in the car. That is a far cry from car jacking. Note to self: Do not leave car running in driveway, unlocked, with the keys in it. Learn to lessen your risk of being a victim.
RM7 February 26, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Excuse me, I'm SO sorry. The phrase was so far off that nobody could possibly understand what I was intending to say. Thank you for clearing that up and I will never make that same mistake again!!!!!!
Nick A February 26, 2013 at 07:39 PM
You're totally right, its never smart to leave a running, unlocked vehicle unattended EVER, but try to look past that and see what needs to be another main focus.... people are still doing this in our neighborhoods... Yes, they are giving criminals easier access to their vehicles but the fact these criminals are lurking our neighborhoods, In daylight, Right by the high school to top it off! is absolutely NOT a good thing, either they are very comfortable in this area or they are dangerous and just don't care.
Kean09 February 26, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Solution .. If you want to warm up your car.. Lock the door and use your spare key or valet key to open it when your ready to go.. Maybe just maybe it will take them a few minutes to figure it's locked maybe the alarm will sound and that will bring attention to them, then we can hope the cops get them or they stop visiting the Caldwells..
A Neil February 26, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I agree with some of these comments you have you have to think and be aware of your surroundings. Don't invite trouble even in safe neighborhoods.
Laurie Weinberg February 26, 2013 at 10:07 PM
RM7... I think it would be quite interesting & beneficial if police officers did decide to set up decoys. How great would it be to catch these bandits. We never had to worry about this crap before. Just sux!
Ann February 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Letting a car idle whether you are in the car or not is wasteful of fuel and adds unnecessary pollutants and carbon emissions into the ever warming atmosphere. Communities like Caldwell even have restrictions against it. Restrictions or not, sometimes creature comfort should take second place to the health of the environment and the possible loss of a expensive mode of transport.
Laurie Weinberg February 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Michael... I apologize for not finishing my thought. I do not blame the owner(s) of the vehicles stolen at all. This is 100% the fault of the selfish crooks. With that said, we need to listen to the police warnings & not make it so easy for these criminals to target us. That's all I'm saying. These used to be very safe areas we live in. But times have changed & we all need to heed the warnings. But by no means do I blame the victim. But let's not make it so easy. That's what they're praying on.
Michael February 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Ann who says it is a waste of fuel and adds pollutants and carbon emissions? you've tested this yourself? I can't imagine a cleaner more healthier Earth as the one we have been living in for the last 200,000 years, geez, way back in the formation of the planet when no humans were around, well hell, we would burn and melt in an instant. During the Jurassic, Triasic, and Cretaceous periods, well hold onto your A/C unit because it is HOT HOT HOT, Imagine 1 Dinosaur blast or plop and peeeeeuuuu!!! talk about global gasses that would make car manufacturers limits look like Al Gore's infantile I.Q.! then uh ohhhh! something killed off those pesky gas bags, but wait!.... where did all those greenhouse gases go? good question Ann, they ended up getting locked in the oceans as the earth cooled, only to be released again as our planet warmed again, funny thing Ann is that S.U.V.'s were not around to cause all this rise in CO2 and water vapor, (yes Ann, water vapor to a Lib is a greenhouse gas so I hope your buddy Al is capturing all that water vapor thats evaporating out of the 250,000 gallons worth of pools he has). So thanks Ann for being concerned but I like this cozy temperature we are living in now. If we continue to follow the libs, we'll be dead, and all those greenhouse gasses will just go back to where they came and get all locked up into our oceans awaiting the next great species. Until then I will continue to read my Bible, as at least that has an ounce of truth to it.
John Balteseri February 27, 2013 at 12:44 AM
You people need to get a day job. It surprises me in this economy people have time to comment about stupidity not once but twice in a day. Stop being so naive if this happend to any of you I'm sure you wouldn't be saying its dumb to leave your car running because I guarantee you all of you who commented leave your car running in your driveways all the time. Consensus of the conversation stop being a bunch of hypocrites, keep your comments to your self, and go to work. with all do respect, John
mmk February 27, 2013 at 01:30 AM
I also agree about the sting operation comment in order to catch these thieves. If the cops don't get on top of this now West Caldwell will end up like Newark. And it is very scary to think these people are just lurking around waiting for an opportunity to strike. The victims of the theft are lucky that was all the thief did. I didn't leave Newark for more of the same B.S.!!! W.C. Police Dept. needs to amp things up a little.
Laurie Weinberg February 27, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Wow! This is about awful thieves invading our personal property. How did we get so off track to blaming residents for air pollution? Let's stay focused here. Please.
Aley February 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Seriously people, a person had their car stolen. Get over the environment, stop making irrelevant, useless comments. Low-life criminals should be punished. Is our society THAT bad that you people are now going to complain and debate over which is worse... the guy who left his car running in his own driveway or the criminal who stole it???? Such a shame that these are the people my children must call neighbors.
gregory l. mitchell February 27, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Michael...You have it figured out friend!A car stolen on Sunnie Terr.at 0700 shouldn't be happening in W.C.This is just something that shouldn't be happening here in town.Granted it's 2013,however,having lived here all of my life,this is something that one never had to worry about here-especially at 0700 in morning in a residential neighborhood!!Perhaps Camden,Trenton,Irvington,Newark.Paterson or East Orange,but not here!! I've worked the crime ridden streets in some of these towns which were all decent and safe AT ONE TIME!! It's up to us folks to watch out for one another,we have good police but they need our help too.We all carry cell phones now,if we see anything strange or out of the way give 'em a call they get paid extremely well for their work.For so many others,let's STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM'S !! Respectfully, Gregory L. Mitchell,West Caldwell
Kevin P. February 27, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Have the cops ever caught any bad guys?
gregory l. mitchell February 27, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Kevin:Remember that most crime happens before the cops are called!That does put one at a disadvantage of course.Now,think back a couple of years when that damn fool on Espy Rd.Caldwell stabbed and killed his "girlfriend" then holed up in the apts./condos.After refusing to drop the weapon then lunging at the cop,he did the only sensible thing to do(as any one of us would do) drew his service pistol and "put him to bed"..The real problem today is our liberal justice system that slaps the back of the hands of these vicious criminals and they are back out on the streets again committing the very same crimes or worse! "Turnstile Justice" the problem lies with the courts,not the police.Respectfully,Greg Mitchell,West Caldwell
John D February 28, 2013 at 02:47 AM
This is too easy....first of all for the idiots blaming the victim....are you kidding me???? YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WRONG WITH SOCIETY....someone feels safe on their own property and it is considered easy pickings or stupid??? So if i leave my front door open and someone comes into MY house that is considered MY fault....ignorant people are what's wrong with this world. This is not even close to the victims fault and even the headline pisses me off. It is IRRELEVANT whether or not the car was running or unlocked or whatever, IT WAS ON HIS PROPERTY YOU MORONS!!! Now as far as the environment goes, another stupid comment, the ozone and atmosphere are not going to breakdown based on someone running their car for 5 mins. PROVEN FACT. Maybe the last thing you should worry about is the environment and more about the people in it. The number 1 killer of man is man. It is due to people who rob and steal and it turns into a violent altercation. I will now run my car for 15 mins every day based on that comment from Ann. You people are the reason why guilty criminals are walking the streets including IN YOUR TOWN. Goodnight Chuck. JD
sam colacurcio February 28, 2013 at 04:21 AM
If you see something (read , carload of s---bags cruising the neighborhood at 6;30 am), say something. That's what 911 is for. Take plate numbers and observe, and don't be afraid to hurt someone's feelings. We all know who our neighbors are, and aren't.
R March 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
You want police "sting" ops huh? Who's gna b out patrolling the streets while uniforms are used for these details? Who's gna appreciate higher taxes when the town gov't realizes they need more $$ from their residents to fund these details?? With PD's in our area already very short-staffed, it's not as simple as creating sting operations people. Overtime has to be created in order for these to occur and the infrequency of MV thefts in W Caldwell makes "stings" even more impractical. Think before you speak. In a town of 5 square miles, the possibility of an on-duty officer rolling up on a theft in progress is slim-to-none. While it does seem to compound their unfortunate situation, part of the blame DOES lie on the owner of the vehicle because without them going out and starting the vehicle, the theft would never occur in the first place! Pretty much comes down to one thing, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE...shut off your car.
Mike Bolger March 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Setting up a sting operation is impractical- it's expensive, it must be done consistently over a long period of time and it can create more problems such as MV pursuits and collisions. The potential for injury and damage are not worth the trouble. A better solution would be for police to warn the public that leaving a vehicle running and unattended is a Motor Vehicle violation, and police who observe these violations will remove the keys, secure the car and force the owner to respond to police headquarters to get them. They would also receive a summons with the keys. There is no need to leave a car running, yet people still do it in all weather out of sheer laziness. Thieves target areas where they know they can find unattended cars; if nobody leaves their cars running, thieves will move on.
ME March 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM


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