The biggest thief bait in the world for a car burglar seems to be a GPS unit, at least throughout . There have been a rash of car break-ins and stolen GPS devices throughout the township, but with a slight twist: in three of four of the incidents, the car owners were using their vehicles as banks.
They told they lost up to $300 in cash to the thieves, money they had stored in their vehicles.
The money in all cases was apparently stolen by the GPS unit purloiner.
- On June 11, a man in the Winter Street section of Iselin called police to report that his Cadillac Escalade had been vandalized. Missing were his GPS unit, his wallet with $110 in cash, his driver's license, and a $100 bottle of Giorgio Armani cologne.
- On June 12, a Fords woman went to take her to school and noticed that her GPS unit was missing from her Toyota Avalon, along with $300 in cash stolen from the center console of the vehicle. There were no signs of forced entry on the car, parked in the driveway of her Ford Avenue home. The woman told police she or her daughter probably left the vehicle unlocked.
- On June 13, a homeowner on Grand Avenue in the Iselin section of the township reported that his GPS was stolen along with $280 he had stashed in his Land Rover. There was no evidence that the vehicle had been broken into, police said. The owner said the doors to the vehicle had been unlocked.
Also missing a GPS was a man residing on South Harrison Ave. in Iselin. The unit was taken from his 1998 Ford Expedition sometime on June 13. The man said he did occasionally leave the doors to the vehicle unlocked. Fortunately, though, he didn't keep cash in the vehicle, so his losses were limited to the GPS itself, valued at approximately $100.