Three unattended vehicles with keys left inside them were stolen recently in North Arlington and police continue to remind residents never to leave cars unlocked with the keys in them.
The first incident was on Nov. 18 at 4:48 p.m., when a customer at Boston Market on Ridge Road parked his vehicle in the parking lot and entered the store to pickup food, but left his vehicle running with the keys in the ignition. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. A BOLO was given to surrounding towns. Shortly after, Belleville police observed the vehicle. After a brief pursuit, the juvenile suspect was taken into custody and charged accordingly.
The next day, on Nov. 19 at 8:27 a.m., patrol officers responded to the area of Halsey Place on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was taken out of a driveway with the keys left inside of it the previous night. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.
The last incident took place Nov. 23 at 6:41 a.m. In that case, patrol responded to Prospect Avenue on a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was taken out of the driveway with the keys left in the vehicle the previous night.
In the same week, meanwhile, three catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles.
First, on Nov. 22 at 7:06 p.m., a resident reported a catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle.
Next, on Nov. 22 at 9:21 a.m., a resident reported that a catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle. The resident believes it was stolen on Nov. 21 between 2 to 6 a.m.
Finally, on Nov. 23 at 2:31 p.m., a resident reported a catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle. The resident believes it was stolen between 6 p.m., Nov. 21 and 7:15 a.m., Nov. 22.
On Nov. 24 at 12:45 p.m., patrol officers were dispatched to United Check Cashing on a report of a woman attempting to cash a fraudulent check. As a result, Alaiyah Wood, 27, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was placed under arrest and charged accordingly — and she was later released on her own recognizance with a summons.