By Karen Zautyk
Two separate “bump-and-run” carjackings – one at each end of town – occurred in Kearny within 24 hours July 8-9, police have reported. In both cases, the stolen vehicles were recovered just hours later in Newark.
Kearny Deputy Police Chief James Corbett said the first incident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, July 8, on the Belleville Turnpike at Kearny Ave.
The victim, a 44-year-old North Arlington man, had been driving his 2011 BMW eastbound on the Pike. As he was stopping for a red light at the intersection, his car was “bumped lightly” in the rear by a black or dark-colored Audi, without its headlights on, reportedly occupied by four black males.
Corbett said that when the driver got out to inspect his car for damage, two of the Audi passengers exited from the rear, ran past him and jumped into the front seat of the BMW. Both vehicles then made u-turns and fled west on the Pike.