SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ – Authorities have issued a crime alert to residents due to an increase in motor vehicle thefts which occurred last weekend in Somerset County, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.
Robertson said, “Overnight from Friday, October 16, 2020 into Saturday, October 17, 2020, and on Saturday into the early morning hours on Sunday, October 18, 2020 seven motor vehicles were stolen in Somerset County,”
Bernards Township Police reported three stolen vehicles, Warren Township Police reported three stolen motor vehicles, and Bernardsville Borough Police reported one stolen motor vehicle, Robertson said.
The car thieves have previously targeted rural areas of Somerset County by specifically looking for unlocked motor vehicles, or vehicles where the keys or key fob are left inside or very near the vehicle, with the intent to steal them, Robertson said.
The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office want to remind all citizens to not leave keys or key fob in vehicles and make sure to lock their vehicles even when the vehicle is in their driveway.
Anyone with information relating to this incident should contact local authorities or the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Burglary Task Force at 908-231-7100 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.