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BMW & Benz Reported Stolen From Basking Ridge Driveway

Police urge residents not to leave keys or key fobs in vehicles.

police said they are trying to determine if the theft of a 2011 BMW and a 2010 Mercedes Benz, both reported stolen from the driveway of a township home, are related to the

All three vehicles had key fobs left inside at the time of the thefts, according to police. Police said they are investigating whether the incidents were connected, and whether the vehicles were targeted by a ring that is targeting luxury cars.

Police said a 48-year-old Kings Ridge Road resident filed a report on Dec. 22 at about 9 p.m., that two vehicles apparently had been stolen from the driveway of his residence.

The vehicles reported stolen, with a combined value of about $165,000, are a tan 2011 BMW and a black 2010 Mercedes Benz, according to township police. Both vehicles were registered to the resident who filed the report, police said.

The car owner stated that he parked the BMW in the home's driveway—where the Mercedes already was parked—at approximately 8:15 p.m. that night, the police report said. The man told police that he was notified by his son at 8:55 p.m. that both the BMW and Mercedes Benz were being driven out of the driveway.

The man was able to see both vehicles driving away from the residence toward Deer Ridge Road at a high rate of speed, according to township police.

The man stated that the key fobs for both vehicles had been left in the vehicles at the time of the theft, police said. He also reported to police that he had observed an unfamiliar vehicle on Kings Ridge Road at 8:15 p.m. as he approached his residence.

The vehicle was described as a brown older model sedan that may have been occupied by three individuals, police said.

"We are trying to determine if these thefts are connected or related to a previous motor vehicle theft of a 2011 Mercedes Benz  that occurred on Martinsville Road on September 20, 2011," Police Lt. Ted Reese said.

A key fob also had been left in that vehicle prior to the theft, he said. That vehicle was recovered  later in Belleville, he said.

"Information that has been gained from that investigation suggests that an organized group has been targeting high-end luxury cars throughout the central New Jersey region," Reese said.

Township police "continue to encourage residents to lock their vehicles and to not leave vehicle keys or key fobs in their vehicles," he said.

Erica Weinschenk February 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM
WHY on earth would anyone leave the keys in their vehicles, particularly if they are high-end luxury models??? My car is very 'low-end' in comparison, and it makes a TON of noise if the key fob is still inside when I shut the door. My investigative sense puts the onus on the car owners and HEAVILY suggests some foul play.
BRER February 16, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I guess the car owners have so much going on the only place the keys won't be lost is inside the cars! I have absolutely no sympathy for the owners. In fact, because of their habits, thieves may assume other people behave the same way, thus making our neighborhood less safe!
Peter Mould November 28, 2012 at 09:46 AM
I agree that you should never be too trusting of your neighborhood. Even though your cars are parked right outside your own house and are clearly visible from inside, they could still get stolen with no forced entries. Leaving your car keys or fobs inside your cars is like asking thieves to steal your car intentionally. This not only applies to luxury cars like BMW or Benz but to all models and makes.

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