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Newark Police warning residents about rash of car thefts

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Newark Police often use this sign to remind people to lock their cars to avoid being victimized.

Police are investigating a rash of vehicle thefts and burglaries that occurred throughout Newark in a 48-hour span this week.

Many of the vehicles were left unlocked, and two were left running while unoccupied, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

“The Newark Police continue to remind the public that many of the vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles that we investigate involve unlocked vehicles,” Rubin said. “Please remember to check that your vehicle is secured when it is parked.”

The first theft happened at 10:40 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of South College Avenue when a delivery driver left a vehicle running while making a delivery. Minutes later, the vehicle was gone. It was found Wednesday on Main Street.

Just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, two men tried to steal a vehicle that was parked behind a business in the 100 block of Main Street. The men couldn’t start the vehicle and eventually fled on foot.

The would-be thieves were both described as white men with long hair. One was wearing a black tank top, red pants and sneakers, and the other was wearing a white T-shirt, blue and gray shorts and white sneakers.

Around the same time, an unlocked vehicle in the same parking lot was burglarized, and the owner returned to find property missing.

Approximately an hour later, somebody stole a vehicle that was left unlocked and running outside a business in the 200 block of East Delaware Avenue. The vehicle was found in Philadelphia the following day.

Sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, somebody stole a gray 2015 Nissan Rogue from the parking lot of the Villa Belmont condominiums on Welsh Tract Road. The SUV is still missing. Two other vehicles at Villa Belmont, at least one of which was unlocked, were burglarized.

The same night, a white 2012 Ford pick-up truck was stolen from the parking lot of the Apartments at Pinebrook on Paper Mill Road. A witness reported seeing six or seven men near the truck.

“They fled in the stolen vehicle when they saw the witness,” Rubin said. “While some suspects fled in this stolen vehicle, others fled in other vehicles they arrived in. One of these vehicles had been previously reported stolen to the New Castle County Police.”

Four other vehicles at Pinebrook, including two that were unlocked, were burglarized.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to contact Det. William Anderson at 302-366-7100, ext. 3469, or wanderson@newark.de.us.

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