50 Cars Hit During One-Night Burglary Spree In Branchburg, N.J.

One Thing They Had In Common -- All Vehicles Were Unlocked

BRANCHBURG, N.J. (CBS 2) — One New Jersey town was left rattled after it was hit with the most car burglaries it’s ever seen – 50 in one night.

Now, police are left trying to figure out who’s responsible for the burglary spree, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Someone ransacked and burglarized Sean O’Hagan’s car while it was parked in the driveway of his Branchburg home, stealing money but leaving other things behind.

“The glove compartment was open; the center console, everything was taken out of it,” O’Hagan said. “My iPod was in the middle of the car, and it wasn’t taken.”

Police said the same person, or group of people, hit a total of 50 cars in the quiet suburban neighborhood, walking away with electronics, like GPS devices, and money.

“They just took some change from our car – we just saw some change scattered up the driveway – and that’s basically it,” another burglary victim, Robert Fonti said. “I don’t know why they took change, but they did.”

All of the victims had one thing in common – they all left their car doors unlocked.

“I guess everybody feels safe in the neighborhood, so they leave their cars unlocked, which makes you a target if somebody knows the neighborhood,” Branchburg resident Karen Bartosik said. “Our car is in the garage, and locked in the garage, so we were good. We weren’t touched.”

Close to $400 in cash and more than $3,000 in electronic equipment was reported stolen in a span of six hours Tuesday night, starting at about 11:30 p.m.

“A lot of it was just change. You know, everybody puts their change inside the car, and they get $358 worth of change,” Branchburg Police Capt. David Young said.

Police said they have no suspects so far, but they’re asking the public to call them with information.

“It looks like somebody might have been on foot and just continually going to wherever they are going, and this might have been an activity on the way,” Capt. Young said.

The bottom line, police said, is that it doesn’t matter where you live or how safe you think your community is – lock your car doors.

Some of the victims told police that their cars were ransacked, but that nothing was taken.

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  1. kendra says:

    its probably some bratty as teenager thugs you have nothing else better to do eith there time…remember parents are the first teachers to these kids..living amingst us in this society …….

  2. Wow says:

    Sounds typical of the police force in this area. They are too damn busy doing useless things. I’m sure a pass through this neighborhood could have easily prevented this.

  3. Dude says:

    Branchburg police, yet again not stopping crime because they are too busy writing tickets.

  4. the truth says:

    I agree, with the amount of money paid for taxes in that town the police are completely useless. only good for writing tickets and harassing teenagers.

  5. wouldn't you like you know says:

    I love how the chief of police of Branchburg lives in that development… cant he even handle his town or is he to busy munching down donuts with office Anderson… Branchburg police are one big lazy power tripping joke

  6. NYCGuest33 says:

    Sorry for my double comments as I thought my first one didn’t show up for some reason!

  7. NYCGuest33 says:

    ***Some tips on preventing theft from vehicles:

    * Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
    * If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle.
    * Never leave your car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area.
    * Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
    * Never leave valuables or packages in full view — put them in the trunk or conceal them to the best of your abilities.
    * Keep vehicle doors locked at all times and keep valuables and/or purchases out of sight.
    * Avoid leaving wallets or purses in the shopping carts.
    * Do not leave a cart with purchased items unattended.
    * Always cover the key pad when entering your debit card’s PIN numbe.r
    * Put your credit and debit cards back inside the wallet or purse instead of in a coat pocket.
    * Close handbags or purses even if you know you will be going into it in the next store.
    * Avoid carrying a lot of cash, and keep it out of sight as much as possible.
    * Only unlock the vehicle door that you will be using, preventing others from entering on the other side.
    * If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle.
    * Report suspicious activity to police as soon as possible.

    Copy/Paste and pass this onto your family and friends!

    Have a safe happy Easter long weekend!!!

    1. Mat says:

      “Lock it or Lose it”

  8. NYCGuest33 says:

    ***Some tips on preventing theft from vehicles:

    * Always roll up your vehicle’s windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.
    * Never leave your car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area.
    * Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
    * Never leave valuables or packages in full view — put them in the trunk or conceal them to the best of your abilities.
    *Keep vehicle doors locked at all times and keep valuables and/or purchases out of sight
    *Avoid leaving wallets or purses in the shopping carts
    *Do not leave a cart with purchased items unattended
    *Always cover the key pad when entering your debit card’s PIN number
    *Put your credit and debit cards back inside the wallet or purse instead of in a coat pocket
    *Close handbags or purses even if you know you will be going into it in the next store
    *Avoid carrying a lot of cash, and keep it out of sight as much as possible
    *Only unlock the vehicle door that you will be using, preventing others from entering on the other side
    * If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle.
    *Report suspicious activity to police as soon as possible

    Copy/paste and pass this on to your family and friends!

    Have a safe long Easter weekend!

  9. john says:

    if you have a garage but leave your car in the drive way unlocked,that dosnt sound to smart,take the time to secure your valuables.

  10. Chris says:

    That’s alot but really isn’t nothing… I bet I know who did it, I knew someone in Hackensack NJ that did that if not more cars, his nickname was Asmar and he would do that wear all black go into all unlocked cars in entire neighborhoods take change GPS’s anything of value. It probably was him wow!

  11. Chris says:

    That’s alot but really isn’t nothing… I bet I know who did it, I knew someone in Hackensack NJ that did that if not more cars, his nickname was Asmar and he would do that wear all black go into all unlocked cars in entire neighborhoods take change GPS’s anything of value. It probably was him wow

  12. haccker says:

    The idiots deserved it! Lock your cars!!!

    1. ted says:

      Really – they deserved having their property stolen for no reason. People like you lack common sense and dignity.

  13. Memphis Raines says:

    50 top end cars in one night’s boost / They should have waited for Memphis to complete 50th car.. He’s afraid of Elenor… =)

    1. Deemee says:

      Hehe nice one that’s what came to my mind too

  14. houari says:

    The common sense: I always do lock my car wherever I park it.

  15. akjsdkajsdkj says:

    sounds like doffus cops must have been sleeping 5o times for that to go on….. so much for high taxes and sleeping cops…

  16. HooDatIS? says:

    sounds like insurance fraud
    looser smoosers
    i know what this is
    read more
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