Friday, March 22, 2013
Driver apparently left the car running in the parking lot while he went inside early Friday.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Friday, March 22
A 20-year-old Fairfield resident's car was stolen Friday morning in West Caldwell after he apparently left it running in the 7-Eleven parking lot, police said. The victim parked his 2008 BMW in the lot and left it running while he went into the Bloomfield Avenue convenience store at 12:30 a.m., police said. When he left the store, the car was gone. The incident is under investigation. West Caldwell police were investigating a similar incident a few weeks ago in which a Lexus left warming up on a Sunnie Terrace driveway was reported stolen. There have been a number of thefts involving cars left warming up in the Caldwells this winter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Caldwell Police Department at 973-226-4114.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Fairifeld police investigating theft of Honda Odyssey from township gas station.
A Paterson man allegedly lied about a carjacking in order to get a quicker response time from police when his minivan was stolen from a Fairifled gas station last week, officials said. Police say Terrence Byrd claimed a car thief brandished a handgun and took his 2013 Honda Odyssey from the A Plus Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road on March 5 at approximately 11 p.m. A police investigation revealed Byrd fabricated the part about the gun in order to get officers to the scene quicker, which it did, according to police. Byrd has been charged with filing a false police report. “Mr. Byrd’s actions put a great number of people at risk including the public and the police officers who pursued the stolen …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Police warn residents about leaving cars running and unoccupied.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, February 28
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 …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Michael Capardi, 22, is the third person charged in the theft of a Volkswagen
A West Caldwell man was charged Friday with taking part in a car theft earlier in the week, police said. Michael Capardi, 22, is the third person charged in the Tuesday morning theft of a Volkswagen Passat. Two Newark residents were taken into custody on Tuesday. Capardi was charged with eluding police and two counts of receiving stolen property, Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Anthony Manna said in a release. Capardi is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at the Essex County Jail. Capardi is believed to have been one of the occupants that fled the Passat after it crashed on the front lawn of a house on Passaic Avenue. Monique Spencer, 23, and Mustafa Berry, 26, both of Newark, were arrested nearby and each charged with two counts of …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Pursuit of one alleged thief ends behind an air conditioning unit.
The pursuit of two alleged car thieves started in Fairfield and ended in a search on West Caldwell streets early Tuesday morning. Police say two people are in custody after they, along with officers from West Caldwell and other surrounding towns, fanned out on Passaic Avenue near Knoll Terrace. Monique Spencer, 23, of Newark, was found hiding behind an air conditioning unit on Knoll Terrace, and Mustafa Berry, 26, also of Newark, was discovered along a creek near 319 Passaic Avenue by an Essex County K-9 unit, according to Fairfield Police. Both have been charged with two counts each of receiving stolen property and eluding police. The incident began just after midnight in Fairfield when Officer Gerald Veneziano spotted a brown Volkswagen …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Vehicles obtained in Jersey shipped to West Africa, US Attorney says.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Paul Milo
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
More than a dozen law enforcement agencies have smashed a ring that shipped stolen cars through Port Newark/Elizabeth for sale in a number of West African nations, the US Attorney’s Office announced today. The ring handled about 200 cars—10 percent of which were carjacked—with an estimated value of $6 million, said First Assistant US Attorney Gil Childers. The cars were stolen out of a number of New Jersey communities, including Newark, Union City, Hoboken, West Orange, Roseland, Elizabeth, Manalapan, Englewood Cliffs and Hillside. Most of the stolen cars were luxury vehicles, including brands like Audi, Land Rover, Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes, although less expensive models, including a Honda Accord, were also taken. Both types of cars are …