Police: Four Cars Stolen in Manalapan

Manalapan police have reported four cars stolen in the Township recently.

The Manalapan Police Department has reported four stolen motor vehicles within the Township in the last two weeks.


At some point during the overnight hours between Monday, Feb. 4 and Tuesday, Feb. 5 two cars were stolen from the Battleground Estates neighborhood: a 2012 Infinity QX56 valued at $55,000 and a 2011 BMW 550xi valued at $75,000.

Both vehicles were parked in their driveways at the time of thefts with the key fobs inside of the vehicles. The cars came from a Hedgerow Lane and a Monkton Road residence, respectively. Both cases were turned over to Detective Peter Chalfin for investigation.


A black 2012 BMW 650I was stolen from the driveway of a Cornwallis Court home on Sunday, Feb. 17 between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. One of the two key fobs for the vehicle is unaccounted for and was left at the Battleground Country Club within a jacket, according to police. The vehicle was valued at $65,000. This case is pending further investigation. Anyone with information on this theft is requested to contact the Manalapan Police Department at 732-446-4300.


A 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL450, valued at about $50,000 was also stolen on Sunday, Feb. 17. The car was taken from the driveway of a Silverleaf Way home at some point between 2 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The key fob was left inside of the car under the floor mat. The  Mercedes-Benz Emergency Response is attempting to track the vehicle. This case is currently under investigation by Ptl. Kyle Earley. Anyone with information on this theft is requested to contact the Manalapan Police Department at 732-446-4300.

Robert February 21, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Why are the owners of these expensive cars giving the criminals the edge by leaving keys lying around? If you can afford a nice car you should be able to afford a better set of brains.
Mike Rath February 21, 2013 at 03:19 PM
$55,000+ cars and no garage???
Jerry February 21, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Guess this proves that money and intelligence are not necessarily linked.
Ken February 21, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Insurance scam
Roz February 21, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Ken was thinking the same thing. Who keeps the key fob in the car?
John Tyler February 21, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Keys in the car, insurance should not pay a cent. This why our rates are so high, because of rocket scientist like this
EZ February 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
How about the key that was left inside a coat at BCC? And all these cars from a nearby neighborhood...ummm sounds little fishy
Wade Morris February 21, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Also understand that these are likely the new push button FOBS. Im not saying its proper but it is a LOT easier to leave the key in the car now since it can just sit in the console at all times. No need to put it into the ignition.
Lainey February 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Same reason we send our most valuable possessions to public schools and out in the open world without a bubble - sheer faith and hope in others. Lesson learned. One of those cars was mine.
Mary P. February 21, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Strongly agree
Mary P. February 21, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I also agree with you Jerry, what about common sense, something a lot of people lack
Philip Charles Obermeyer Jr February 21, 2013 at 08:19 PM
these cars are probly in peices in a chop shop right now
Shep Proudfoot February 22, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Probably, pieces and a capital letter to begin a sentence. No doubt another product of the Freehold Regional School District. Great job Obey.
CAL February 26, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Must say, these criminals have good taste for cards: BWM, Mercedes, Infinity. I bet this is high quality and well financed financed operation. If Manalapan Police had any brains, a simple sting operation - such as leaving few expensive cars around as a bate, would attract and catch these scumbags overnight.


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