Residents in Short Hills fear carjackers are moving into more affluent territories, looking for luxury cars
SHORT HILLS - In a community where crime is relatively rare, police in Short Hills are investigating two carjackings in less than a month.
It was less than four weeks ago that 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, of Hoboken, was gunned down during a carjacking at the Mall of Short Hills. The four suspects in his murder are also charged with carjacking Friedland's 2012 Range Rover.
In the latest incident, police say they are searching for two suspects who stole a Porsche Cayenne by force in a Short Hills condominium complex Tuesday night. The 60-year-old driver was assaulted but not seriously injured.
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Some drivers fear carjackers are widening their territory, moving into affluent areas in search of nicer cars to steal. "It's a sad commentary that people can't feel safe in their car or near their home," says Richard Brodow.
Figures provided tonight by the Essex County Prosecutors Office don't show such a trend in 2013.
Newark had by far the most carjackings with 378 and nearly 80 percent of the total. There were 50 Irvington, and dozens more in East Orange, Bloomfield, and Orange. Several towns had only one each, including South Orange, Maplewood and Millburn/Short Hills.
"This area has been one of the safest areas in New Jersey for years," says Bernard Keyes.
The only trend authorities have noticed is that carjackers appear to be a lot more interested in luxury vehicles lately.
No arrests have been made in connection with the latest carjacking in Short Hills.