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Stolen SUV, Ransacked Vehicles Were All Unlocked: Police

Moorestown Police are investigating another rash of vehicle burglaries—and one theft—all involving vehicles with unlocked doors.

Moorestown Police are investigating another rash of vehicle burglaries—and one theft—all involving vehicles with unlocked doors.
Moorestown Police are investigating another rash of vehicle burglaries—and one theft—all involving vehicles with unlocked doors.
It was "Christmas come early" for thieves who found an unlocked Lexus with the keys inside in a Moorestown neighborhood Tuesday night.

Moorestown Police said the 2005 Lexus SUV was stolen from a home on Fernwood Road sometime overnight. Lt. Lee Lieber said the thieves rolled the SUV across the resident's front yard—there were tire tracks and footprints in the lawn—"presumably to avoid waking the resident" when they started it, then drove off. 

"Leaving the keys (inside the vehicle) is like Christmas come early to (thieves)," said Lieber.

A separate vehicle at the same house—also unlocked—was entered and ransacked, police said.

Four other vehicles—all unlocked—were also burglarized overnight. Two vehicles on Sawgrass Court were entered and ransacked, and the same with one vehicle on nearby Iverness Drive and on Heritage Road. $50 cash was stolen from one of the vehicles on Sawgrass Court, police said.

Police are urging anyone who may have information or who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact them at 856-914-3092. Those with home surveillance systems are also encouraged to contact police. Lieber said they've solved past cases with the help of home surveillance.

Though police have no leads yet on these most recent vehicle burglaries, Lieber said young people are typically the culprits, oftentimes involving individuals with drug problems who are stealing to support their habit.

The motives for vehicle theft vary, Lieber explained. He recalled a case from two years ago, in which state police and the FBI were able to recover a quite pricey Mercedes SUV—that had been stolen from a Moorestown home—as it was being unloaded from a shipping container in Africa.

As always, police urge residents to remove the keys from their vehicles and lock their doors.

"Historically, that deters (thieves)," said Lieber.

This is the second rash of vehicle burglaries to occur in the last few weeks. Last month, burglars broke into a dozen vehicles in the Laurel Creek development, and in several cases used rocks to smash their way in. That case is still under investigation.

For suspicious activity, contact the Moorestown Police Department at 856-234-8300. Call 911 for crimes in progress. 

Bill December 04, 2013 at 01:01 PM
So the best deterrent to a car thief is locking the car and keeping the keys in the house ? Good to know.
JC December 04, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Unlocked high end SUVs. Keys in vehicles. Part of what you pay for in those vehicles are anti-theft devices that engage automatically when the doors are locked. Most have electronic signature keys designed to prevent theft. Yo Moorestonians, wake up! Moorestown isn't Mayberry, RFD. We all want improved law enforcement, but how can the police spend time dealing with crime that impacts the "Our Town" lifestyle we enjoy when they are trying to solve crimes that stem from resident stupidity? You may not be able to stop a thief from stealing a vehicle, but don't make it low hanging fruit.

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