WASHINGTON Township, NJ (CBS) – Exclusive video shows a man jumping on the hood of his Lexus as it veers away from a local parking lot. Car thefts are on the rise and police say that something like this is not being done by the owners.
Thieves scour a local parking lot in South Jersey to try to drive a car. Reports of stolen cars are through the roof.
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Video from last weekend shows a Lexus owner as two people get out of his car at a country farm in Washington Township. After a brief ride on the hood, he was not hurt after attempting to stop him in his tracks.
Spike in car thefts – South Jersey police departments report a sharp increase in stolen cars – primarily those that run into convenience store parking lots. This video from Washington Twp. Shows a car stolen, and what the owner tried to do to stop the thieves. He’s fine. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/440E3KwtZJ
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Feedback on video – complete surprise.
“Not at all, he’s crazy,” said one man.
Police departments are warning drivers to lock the doors. Don’t leave them running.
Even Deptford comes with some mild humor—a nod to Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill in Goodfellas—but in this role, he’s playing a driver who remembered to take his keys.
Washington Township Police Chief Pat Gursik says it’s easy to avoid becoming a victim.
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“Take the keys with you, lock your car, don’t leave your kids in the car, and don’t leave anything for potential thieves to steal,” Gursik said.
But during the shooting of our story, another idle car was moving in the background.
“That’s exactly what we’re talking about. It’s a crime of opportunity. It’s cold outside, people want to keep their cars warm, but it’s also an opportunity for a thief to jump in and take off,” Gursik said.
We waited for owner Jai. He admitted, after hearing why we were here, that next time, he would take the key with him.
“Go in, get your Red Bull, smoke pack, whatever, and just get back in your car and get out. You would never have thought someone would steal your damn car,” he said.
The police do not recommend interfering in theft. Simply call 911.
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As for the Lexus taken in the video, police say the car has been recovered in Camden.