The trend of unlocked vehicle break-ins on the Jersey Shore has reached Monmouth Beach.
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Police in that borough of Monmouth County released a statement over the weekend following a response to several calls about burglary vehicles.
It all started on Friday when Monmouth Beach Police responded to three calls about unlocked vehicles that had been “entered and searched” overnight.
Then police got a call regarding a 2021 Range Rover which, in fact, was not in the owner’s driveway but in Mount Vernon, New York.
Police said the owner left the vehicle unlocked with the key fob inside the day before the theft.
On Saturday, the Range Rover was located and returned. Monmouth Beach Police said with the help of Range Rover Customer Service, Newark Police, NJ State Police and Mount Vernon Police in New York State.
This burglary and vehicle theft is still under investigation.
District police responded to another call on Saturday afternoon, but not to a vehicle but to a house.
“We received a call from a very attentive neighbor who noticed two unknown women using a chair to climb onto the raised deck of the house next door. Once on the deck, the women tried out the patio doors. home and found them UNLOCKED. “
The two women entered the house illegally, then a police officer found them upon arrival at the scene and placed them both under arrest after learning that they did not live there or should have been there. in the first place.
Ricki Roman, 22, of New Brunswick, and Yarvic Gonzalez, 22, of Newark, were both arrested and charged with burglary, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Whether it’s your car or your home, make sure everything is locked and secure when you’re not around.
Monmouth Beach Police have also issued a warning.
“We understand that many people enjoy the safe, small town atmosphere of Monmouth Beach and while this is somewhat true we are far from safe from our share of crime. It is almost always the case. that when we answer calls like this, victims are shocked to say, “I didn’t think this stuff was happening in Monmouth Beach.” Unfortunately, we have to pop the bubble for them to tell them it’s happening anymore. often than they think it happens all over the state of New Jersey and across the country for this In the past few years we have not had any cases of auto theft where the vehicle was not UNLOCKED with the key fob inside. Help us break the scheme by locking your car and your house! “
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