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Sparta Twp. police investigating auto theft, car burglaries

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Sparta Township police are investigating an auto theft and a rash of car burglaries that occurred Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, according to Sparta Township Police Lieutenant John Lamon.

Police responded to various residences on Tuesday for reports of burglaries to parked vehicles and one report of a stolen motor vehicle.

A 2009 silver Lexus G37x , valued at $9,000, was taken from a driveway of a residence on Woodlawn Road sometime during the evening of Dec. 24 to Dec. 25. The key fob was left in vehicle, Lamon said.

Four other vehicles throughout the township were entered and various items were stolen from the vehicles, which included cash, change, checkbook, prescription bottles and Christmas presents, Lamon said.

Two of the vehicles had the ignition keys in the cars at the time of the thefts. It’s unknown at this time if the stolen vehicle is related to the vehicles that just had items taken and it doesn’t appear that any of the vehicles were locked, Lamon said.

The areas targeted were Fox Hollow Road, Morgan Drive and Lakeside Drive, Lamon said.

Police are asking residents to take their keys into their house, lock their vehicles and report any strange or suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

These thefts do not appear to fit the ‘modus operandi’ of past high end motor vehicles stolen by the crews out of Newark. Detective Bureau will be conducting a follow-up investigation, Lamon said.

If anyone has video surveillance on their premises or any of the RING doorbell technology, please check your footage to see if it would be of any assistance to their investigation, Lamon said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sparta Township Police Department at 973-729-6121.

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(Photo: Courtesy Sparta Township Police Department)