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Police: Suspects at Large After Cedar Grove Burglarly, Pursuit

Suspects in Eileen Drive incident take off in rental car down Pompton Avenue and into Montclair.

A rental car used in a suspected burglary led police on a high-speed chase through Cedar Grove Tuesday night, Cedar Grove police said.

Law-enforcement officials contacted OnStar on Wednesday morning and were told the car was found abandoned near the George Washington Bridge in New York City. The vehicle was not reported stolen at the time of the burglary.

Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet said the incident began after an officer noticed the unoccupied Buick LaCross rental car parked on Eileen Drive around 6 p.m. The officer returned to the car a short while later and said he saw three people inside.

When the officer attempted to stop the car, the driver sped off, heading south on Pompton Avenue and refusing to stop.

After a short chase, the officer was told to discontinue his pursuit because of heavy traffic and the escaping driver’s dangerous maneuvers.

 “At the same time of the pursuit, police received a call of a burglar alarm going off in the vicinity of Eileen Drive,” said Vanderstreet.

No one was home at the time of the burglary, Vanderstreet said, and the homeowner has not yet been able to tell police what’s missing.

Vanderstreet said the homeowner has several registered firearms, but police have not been able to determine whether they were stolen from the home.

“The incident is still under investigation,” said Vanderstreet, adding “We will continue residential patrols and we are asking residents for a heightened awareness and to report suspicious activity.”

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