Jul 28, 2014

Recent Carjacking Surge Concerns Millburn Residents

With three carjackings in two months, some Millburn residents have questions about local safety. Police and township officials say they're bolstering patrols and surveillance.

Recent Carjacking Surge Concerns Millburn Residents

Residents at a February township committee meeting expressed fear and concern over three carjackings here since mid-December.

At least three residents spoke to township officials about the carjackings, according to a story in The Item, with one saying the broad daylight carjacking of a woman at gunpoint particularly “hit a nerve.”

A couple told the committee they had just narrowly escaped a carjacking recently.

Mayor Robert Tillotson told residents the township was looking into surveillance cameras, according to The Item.

Millburn police officials added that patrols had been stepped up and police were using license plate readers to help identify stolen or unregistered cars.

Cops were also working closely with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Carjacking Task Force, according to Police Chief Gregory Weber.

A 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer was killed in December during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills and a month later  a man was beaten and his Porsche stolen in the parking lot of his Morris Turnpike townhouse. 

Later in January, a gunman held up a woman for her 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 outside Sakura Japanese Restaurant on Essex Street.

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