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Police Chase Stolen Car Through Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove Police chased a stolen white Audi through the streets of Cedar Grove and into Verona Thursday morning.


Cedar Grove police officers pursued a stolen car on a high-speed chase through the township and then into Verona on Thursday before the chase was called off, Cedar Grove police reported.

Officials said an officer saw a white 2001 Audi A8 at stopped in the middle of Bowden Road with its headlights out at 5:20 a.m. and stopped to investigate.

The Audi, occupied by three black men, took off, refusing to stop, police said.

Two officers chased the car through several Cedar Grove streets before the chase continued on Bloomfield Avenue in Verona.

“Due to road conditions and the excessive speed of the Audi, the officers discontinued attempts to stop the car for reasons of public safety,” police said.

The car was last seen heading east on Bloomfield Avenue toward Montclair, said Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet.

Police later discovered the Audi was stolen in Paramus on Feb. 4.

The Bowden Road scene where the Audi was first stopped was checked for evidence, police said, but nothing was found.

Police remind residents to lock and alarm their vehicles when unattended and that valuables should be secured.

“Our officers are constantly patrolling the streets but we need help from residents in attempting to reduce the opportunity of thefts,” said Vanderstreet. “Residents should remember to lock and alarm their vehicles and not leave running vehicles unattended.”

Rocco DeSiano February 14, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Is CG PD taking actions to prevent these kinds of events from happening? Is all of this crime new or did it happen last winter also? Did any other towns get involved to stop these thieves? What can the town do to prevent future instances?
Leo Stringer February 14, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I think Social Media sites are waking some people up to the fact that car theft has always been very high in this area and Locking your car doors and not EVER LEAVING the keys in them is a really good deterrent to theft of opportunity. If there was an "order" for a White Audi however, it would have been stolen even if it was locked up. OnStar or Lojack with Auto-disablling devices should be mandatory on all vehicles then the officers could have just turned the car off

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