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Cops: Men Steal Car While Owner Checks for Flat

Maplewood Police report SUV taken Sunday afternoon on Boyden Ave.


Two men allegedly stole a car Sunday afternoon after the car's owner had pulled over to check for a flat tire, said Lt. Dean Naddeo of the Maplewood Police Department.

The owner, a Maplewood resident, had stopped his Porsche Cayenne SUV on Boyden Avenue near Orchard Road at around 2 p.m. Sunday to check if his tire was flat, said Naddeo, who said the man got out of the car and left the keys in the ignition. While the man was out of the car, two men jumped in and drove off toward Irvington, said Naddeo.

There was no force used and no weapons were shown, Naddeo said. Police are investigating the incident.

Elisabeth Anderson May 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I never learned how to keep the car running and get out to check something, take some groceries into the house, etc. Maybe I am the smarter driver, after all.
Rick May 20, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Not to play detective, but I suspect that the perps created the flat in owner's driveway, and then followed him (in another car or even on foot) until he noticed the problem and pulled over. It seems unlikely that they would just be sitting around Boyden waiting for a disabled car to pull over so they could carjack it. The report doesn't say if there was a flat or not. Nonetheless, We live very close to the theft, so we will have to be very vigilant.
CJV May 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Lt. Naddeo needs to get out of the spin business and into the policing business. To take someone's car while in their company is a forcible carjacking. Is the PD trying to fudge the (rising) crime stats?


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