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Two Cedar Grove Cars Stolen From Driveways Thursday

Cedar Grove police issue advisory not to leave idling cars unattended after early morning incident.

Cedar Grove Police are searching for two vehicles stolen while idling from driveways early Thursday morning.

The cars, a 2008 Acura and the 2011 Jeep, were idling in driveways on Young Avenue and Cedar Grove Parkway when they were stolen around 7:30 a.m., police said.

“Based upon witness reports, it is believed that the suspects, three to four black males, arrived in a maroon-colored car with no front license plate,” police told residents via a NIXLE alert. “It appears the suspects were cruising the side streets looking for running vehicles warming up in driveways.”

Police searched the area, but were unable to find the cars.

Officials in surrounding towns were informed of the thefts and Cedar Grove police continue to investigate.

 “Residents are urged not to leave running vehicles unattended and to lock and alarm their vehicles,” police said.

The incident occurred just two days after a Devonshire Road resident informed police of a suspicious male going door-to-door soliciting for snow removal, despite the fact there was no snow.

After questioning the man, police discovered he had recently been released from jail on burglary charges. Since no crime had been committed, the man was released.

"Residents are asked to report suspicious activity to the police desk at (973) 239-4100 or 9-1-1, if there is a crime in progress," police said.

It is unclear whether the two incidents are related.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

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