TENAFLY, N.J. – Car owners who’ve left their vehicles unlocked with key fobs inside make Tenafly a destination for thieves, police said after a 2017 Mercedes Benz was snatched from a resident’s driveway.
“Thieves have been targeting unlocked high-end luxury vehicles (Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, etc.), which they ultimately attempt to ship overseas to sell on the black-market in Africa and Eastern Europe,” Capt. Michael deMoncada said.
Police “have to dedicate resources and countless hours to investigate these crimes,” the captain said.
“Our officers proactively patrol our streets looking for suspicious activity, and our detectives have been working diligently with surrounding agencies, as well as county and state authorities, to investigate, locate, and bring charges against anyone involved," deMoncada said.
“However, as long as car thieves know that residents in our area leave their cars unlocked with key fobs inside, they will continue to target our town,” he said.
“Please do not allow yourselves to become complacent. Report any suspicious activity to your local police department,” deMoncada said. “Finally, always lock your car and remove all keys, fobs, and valuables from inside the passenger compartment after parking your vehicle.”
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