Stolen Infinity Outruns Police on Rt. 280

Man evades pursuing West Orange Police heading into Newark in stolen Infinity G37XS.

A man stole an idling car in West Orange Jan. 24 and evaded police on Route 280 heading into Newark last week, police said. 

According to West Orange police reports, the car, a white Infinity G37, was reported stolen from an Arverne Road residence at about 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. 

The owner told police, he started his car in his driveway to warm up with the keys inside and doors unlocked. The owner told police he heard the car pull out of his driveway, before seeing it head east on Arverne Road. 

West Orange police spotted the car on Northfield Avenue heading toward Route 280, officials said, but followed undetected behind the car and ran the license plate. When police attempted to pull the car over, the driver sped off.

Another officer pursued the Infinity on Whittingham Road entering Route 280 East, but the driver elluded police.

Police said the car was last seen exiting onto First Street in Newark heading South. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate it, police said.

John M. Hagerty January 30, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Concerning school security, I`m wondering why a civilian would need to buy body armor? I`ve been told that it can be easily and legally bought; is this true? It`s only purpose is to stop bullets, correct?
Tom G. January 30, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Crime "coming to the suburbs" is nothing new, so we don't all need to go into a panic. In fact, if you take the time to look at the statistics, here is the number of auto thefts in West Orange by year: 1999: 377 2003: 371 2007: 132 2011: 78 Notice any trend? (source: city-data.com)
MSS January 30, 2013 at 08:24 PM
The township of Totowa has instituted the policy of an armed police officer in every school. They only have two schools but they are a small town. The reaction from the residents seems mostly positive. We have a police standing in Shop Rite, why not the schools? We hate to admit that it has come to this, but I think it has.
David Peart January 30, 2013 at 09:00 PM
It wasn't a compliment. Simple minds draw overly simplistic conclusions, usually at the expense of others.
badbul January 31, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Ballistic body armor is legal to buy, own and wear in the State of New Jersey. Wearing ballistic body armor only becomes a crime if used in the commission of a crime.
David Peart January 31, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Then what lowered the remaining indices, technology? Did new technology, glass etching, and "more ethical repair shops" (that's the funniest one of all) lower the strong-arm robbery rate too? Yes, that number declined significantly as well, with the exception that recently demonstrated that "slight uptick" that you find offensive. Those are the facts as verified by the most recent FBI/UCR's, and facts only offend those whose intent is less than honorable. It's also why in an article that reports on an auto theft, would someone not wish the actual numbers, demonstrating a significant drop in incidents, to be taken into consideration. Which old time technique for robbery would demonstrate the new robbery generation is less impacted by police intervention? Maybe they just became more "ethical?"
Tom G. January 31, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Because Shop Rite pays off-duty cops to patrol the store. I can't imagine how much our taxes would increase by putting a cop in every school, in addition to the cops we need on the street. The town laid off 12 cops just last year because of the expense.
Steven Serebrenik January 31, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Tom G, Concerned about expense...I agree...Why are we considering a $350,000 dollar concession stand and a huge expense for a wading pool enhancement..What's more important.. A retired police officer or military person would not cost a huge amount....We would NOT be paying their pensions for instance. Would you not think that our children are worth the expense...I do and I know you do too.
Steven Serebrenik January 31, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Good news!
MSS February 01, 2013 at 04:21 AM
The library has a police officer. That would have been a better example than Shop Rite. The Totowa police officers agreed to a reduced rate of $40 an hour to guard the schools. It will cost the town $180,000 for the year. They have two schools but their population is lower than ours.
Tom February 02, 2013 at 01:52 AM
How about volunteers?
Steven Serebrenik February 02, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I would feel more comfortable with a paid ex professional. A volunteer is fine if we have them thoroughly screened by responsible people.
Tom February 03, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I Just don't think we should create another "job mill"
Tom G. February 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Volunteers? That sounds like a nice concept, but it's not practical. Who is going to volunteer to sit in a school all day, every day, for no pay? It's simply not going to happen. Even if you found a retiree willing to do it, is a 70+ year old guy with a gun really who you want patrolling the schools?
Steven Serebrenik February 04, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Tom G, I personally think that the fact we are talking about this is good. We can work out the "details" but let's protect our schools...We can have some payment for people and the day could be shared by two people at least.
David Peart February 04, 2013 at 09:26 PM
It's great that people talk about school security. It would be better if we were talking about such things within the reality of our security needs. To have someone guarding our schools from the potential of armed incursion certainly can't hurt, until one considers the cost of having someone trained to handle such incidents in all our schools for 6 hours a day. It is not what most people believe it is.
Tom February 04, 2013 at 11:36 PM
It can be like "lunch Moms or Dads" it could be morning and afternoon shifts. I think it would be a great for parents to be involved. A win win
Steven Serebrenik February 05, 2013 at 01:25 PM
David, Don't know you personally but regardless, I am very much surprised about your comment.
Tom G. February 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Going back to my original point, I just don't see this being practical. Most families these days are 2-parent working households. And the parents that do stay home have their own kids to take care of.
Gary Englert February 05, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Steve Serebrenik: Mr. Peart is a both a realist and a retired NYCPD detective. Horrible as incidents like Newtown, Aurora and other such mindless, senseless atrocities, they still are not so numerous or prevalent that turning schools into fortresses and/or providing armed security at each is desirable or necessary. It's also a given that an armed policemen/security guard can only react to that which occurs within his/her reasonable proximity...and schools are not necessarily small buildings; if so motivated, someone can create a great deal havoc on one side of a campus before on site security can get there. It is also a given that, while crime IS everywhere, it has been generally in decline for the last 20 years, both in West Orange and across the nation. What we do have is more immediate and widespread reproting of the crime that does happen due to the Internet.
Steven Serebrenik February 06, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Gary, This is your first comment on this subject and it shows. There has been much conversation about RETIRED police or military...not Cops on the job.
Gary Englert February 06, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Steve Serebrenik: What, precisely, about my post suggests I haven't read all those that preceded it? Whatever their nomenclature (cops/security guards/military or law enforcement retirees)there is a price associated with providing them that would be unjustified by any objective risk assessment or cost benefit analysis. The simple fact remains that the incidence of armed agressors opening fire in school buildings remains statisitically insignificant but, if the risk was deemed sufficient to warrant stationing armed security (of whatever type) in our schools, just how many of them would be sufficient for a school the size of WOHS? If the security officer (again, of whatever type) happens to be in the cafeteria when gunfire errupts in the auditorium, there could be one hell of a lot of carnage before said guard could respond and get there. That said, adequately screening, hiring, training (which MUST be ongoing), equipping, managing and administering a school security force would be neither simple nor inexpensive...and there are a host of practical and legal impediments to manning it with volunteers. Point in fact, the West Orange First Aid Squad can't get enough volunteers any longer to provide service during the business day.
Gary Englert February 06, 2013 at 08:19 AM
As to your suggestion this force be comprised of ex-military, you seem to be laboring under the misconseption that there are a whole hell of a lot of qualified veterans walking around who'd be willing to serve. The simple fact remains that there are not, as only 1 in 10 members of the armed forces is actually classified as a combatant (who actually engages an armed enemy) and the vast majority of those who serve never train, fire or qualify with a handgun. I'm also disinclined to believe that the typical law enforcement retireee would sign on to wear another uniform and enjoy less pay and benefits, while still wearing a badge, carrying a gun and still putting himself in harm's way but, that's jus me.
David Peart February 06, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Steven, Not sure what about my comment surprises you, but I'm open to the discussion.
Steven Serebrenik February 06, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Gary, You have convinced me...LET'S DO NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Steven Serebrenik February 06, 2013 at 05:17 PM
David, Sorry, my mistake....
David Peart February 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I'm not sure anyone is suggesting that we do nothing. We do however have to consider the possibility that we already have it right and not seek to fix what isn't broken. The issues that need fixing are not necessarily what we are discussing.
Gary Englert February 10, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Steven Serenbrenik: What we need to do is let cooler heads prevail and not jump to the illogical conclusion that armed psychopaths invading schools, movie theaters and shopping malls are so prevalent that we need to create some broad reaching secuirty bureaucracy to deal with such things. Do keep in mind that, prior to 9/11/01, the greatest mass murder in our nation's history was perpetrated by a miscreant packing a Ryder truck with a home made bomb made of fuel oil and fertilizer...and he killed 168 people without firing a shot. Protecting our schools from such a thing would require that no motor vehicle be allowed within a hundred yards of one; is that practical and where was the public outcry to support such secuirty? The bottom line remains that armed security guards (of any type) are simply not necessary in the vast majority of the schools in this country....and where they are, they should be professionals and properly trained to handle the situations they are likely to face. Thinking volunteers are an answer is naive and anyone proposing such a thing has no understanding of the liability issues at hand, let alone the very harsh realities faced by people who must actually engage an armed aggressor...bowel and bladder control not being the least of them. Lastly, your intiial comments on cirme ignore the fact that, in general, it has been declining for decades in the USA and West Orange is no exception...there's half as much as there was 15 years ago.
Gary Englert February 10, 2013 at 02:50 AM
David Peart: And yours is a voice of reason...with the practical and professional experience to know from whence you speak.
kleeneth March 20, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Leaving a car unlocked with the keys inside and running is really dumb. The cops should have avoided all pursuit of the stolen car to prevent an accident. And the jerk who allowed this to happen deserves a hefty increase in insurance rates.


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