Lexus Left 'Warming Up' Stolen From West Caldwell Driveway

Police warn residents about leaving cars running and unoccupied.

A Lexus left warming up on a West Caldwell driveway was reported stolen Tuesday morning, police officials said.

A resident of Sunnie Terrace told police he went outside at about 6:50 a.m. and started his car to let it warm up. When he returned five minutes later, he said, the car was gone.

The car was a 2010 four-door Black Lexus with New Jersey license plates. 

In a release Tuesday morning police said, "Residents are reminded not to leave cars running and unoccupied as well as to contact the police department if they observe anything out of the ordinary in their neighborhoods, including people on foot that are acting in an unusual manner."

The car theft is under investigation by West Caldwell Officer Brett Keepers.

There have been a number of car thefts involving cars left warming up in the Caldwells this winter.


John D February 28, 2013 at 02:47 AM
This is too easy....first of all for the idiots blaming the victim....are you kidding me???? YOU ARE THE PEOPLE WRONG WITH SOCIETY....someone feels safe on their own property and it is considered easy pickings or stupid??? So if i leave my front door open and someone comes into MY house that is considered MY fault....ignorant people are what's wrong with this world. This is not even close to the victims fault and even the headline pisses me off. It is IRRELEVANT whether or not the car was running or unlocked or whatever, IT WAS ON HIS PROPERTY YOU MORONS!!! Now as far as the environment goes, another stupid comment, the ozone and atmosphere are not going to breakdown based on someone running their car for 5 mins. PROVEN FACT. Maybe the last thing you should worry about is the environment and more about the people in it. The number 1 killer of man is man. It is due to people who rob and steal and it turns into a violent altercation. I will now run my car for 15 mins every day based on that comment from Ann. You people are the reason why guilty criminals are walking the streets including IN YOUR TOWN. Goodnight Chuck. JD
sam colacurcio February 28, 2013 at 04:21 AM
If you see something (read , carload of s---bags cruising the neighborhood at 6;30 am), say something. That's what 911 is for. Take plate numbers and observe, and don't be afraid to hurt someone's feelings. We all know who our neighbors are, and aren't.
R March 01, 2013 at 02:24 AM
You want police "sting" ops huh? Who's gna b out patrolling the streets while uniforms are used for these details? Who's gna appreciate higher taxes when the town gov't realizes they need more $$ from their residents to fund these details?? With PD's in our area already very short-staffed, it's not as simple as creating sting operations people. Overtime has to be created in order for these to occur and the infrequency of MV thefts in W Caldwell makes "stings" even more impractical. Think before you speak. In a town of 5 square miles, the possibility of an on-duty officer rolling up on a theft in progress is slim-to-none. While it does seem to compound their unfortunate situation, part of the blame DOES lie on the owner of the vehicle because without them going out and starting the vehicle, the theft would never occur in the first place! Pretty much comes down to one thing, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE...shut off your car.
Mike Bolger March 06, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Setting up a sting operation is impractical- it's expensive, it must be done consistently over a long period of time and it can create more problems such as MV pursuits and collisions. The potential for injury and damage are not worth the trouble. A better solution would be for police to warn the public that leaving a vehicle running and unattended is a Motor Vehicle violation, and police who observe these violations will remove the keys, secure the car and force the owner to respond to police headquarters to get them. They would also receive a summons with the keys. There is no need to leave a car running, yet people still do it in all weather out of sheer laziness. Thieves target areas where they know they can find unattended cars; if nobody leaves their cars running, thieves will move on.
ME March 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM


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