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Car Stolen from Resident's Driveway, Franklin Lakes Police Report

A 2007 Toyota Highlander was taken overnight from a resident's Vance Avenue driveway last week. Police are also reporting the Colonial Road theft of approximately $325 worth of valuables from an unlocked car.

A Franklin Lakes resident had her 5-year-old vehicle stolen from the driveway of her Vance Avenue home, and another woman had hundreds of dollars worth of goods lifted from her unlocked car last week, borough police said Monday.  

The 2007 Toyota Highlander was stolen sometime overnight on Thursday or Friday of last week, according to Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar. 

The owner of the Toyota had not left the keys in the car and there was no additional property reported as stolen in the victim's report, Bakelaar said.

In a separate incident, a Colonial Road resident reported to police Sunday that sometime during the previous night someone had entered her unlocked Subaru while it was parked in her driveway and made off with her purse, police said.

The thief got away with approximately $325 worth of goods, including passports, $75 cash, keys, a credit card, driver’s license and a bank debit card.  

Franklin Lakes Police investigated but were unable to make any arrests in either case.

Last month they say made off with more than $1,000 worth of private property after illegally entering at least two vehicles in Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes. 

In late 2011 and in the few months of 2012, with an increase in theft from vehicles, as well as a spike in vehicle thefts.

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Dee Stevens August 13, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Will we ever learn to: 1. lock our cars even in a driveway? 2. Bring your handbag into the house?
AML August 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Sorry, but no sympathy for the person who left their handbag in an unlocked vehicle. Hopefully now, this not-so-smart person will have learned a valuable lesson.
NLTITAN August 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM
AGREE!!! That's what you get when you leave your car unlocked! Why in the world would you leave your purse in the car - even if it WERE LOCKED??? Wake up people!! Dumb - really dumb!!
LC August 14, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I'm laughing at the stupidity and carelessness of these people. We're not in Kansas anymore!
Ghgh August 15, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It's sad!
ChrispyNJ August 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM
I just moved to Ramsey from CA a year ago and I still can't get used to how many purses, iPhones, computers, navigation systems etc. i see in the parked cars at shopping centers, when I am walking my dogs. What are you doing?!?
Ed August 19, 2012 at 11:14 PM
It's a good thing for those people that stupidity isn't a crime, otherwise, the Wyckoff & Franklin Lakes jails would be bursting at the seams! Is it possible these people inherited their money instead of having earned it??!!

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