said a 1999 minivan left outside a Crest Drive home was apparently stolen some time between late Saturday night and later on Sunday morning this past weekend, along with a guitar and a commercial-strength vacuum valued at about $1,000 left inside the vehicle.
The vehicle, a silver Honda Odyssey, had been left unlocked with the keys inside, according to the township police report.
Along with the vacuum, the stolen minivan was taken with a classical guitar valued at about $600, police said.
Police said the owner had parked the vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and didn't notice it was missing until about 10 a.m. on Sunday.
There are no suspects in the theft, which is being considered an "opportunistic" crime, said Police Lt. Stephen Elder.
"We are perpetually encouraging residents to keep their cars locked, and to not leave valuables in sight inside vehicles," Elder said. That includes evidence of GPS units, he said.
Reported thefts of unlocked luxury vehicles has halted
Elder said that the latest vehicle theft is not considered related to a previous string of reported high-end luxury vehicles, many left unlocked and with key fobs inside, that had been reported in Bernards Township and other affluent communities around the state. About a half dozen such vehicles were reported stolen in
However, Elder said such thefts seem to have stopped since the April arrest of the alleged ring members, who are accused of targeting upscale communities as far away as Bergen County, as announced at that time by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.