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Vehicle Stolen Out of Newark Linked to Attempted Lyndhurst Burglary


Police today responded to the Delta Gas Station, located at 852 Riverside Avenue in Lyndhurst, for a burglary alarm at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Upon their arrival, police discovered heavy damage to the front of the building which appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.

Officers Steve Batista and Mark Rivera searched the area and located a red 1996 Jeep Cherokee with heavy rear-end damage parked unoccupied several blocks away. A search of the area for suspects was also conducted with negative results.

A review of the station’s video surveillance system showed the red Jeep enter the station lot from the south-east entrance and pull up next to the building. The passenger then exited the vehicle at which time the vehicle accelerated in reverse and struck the front of the building causing severe damage to both the building and the vehicle.

Police believe that the vehicle intentionally struck building in an attempts to remove an ATM machine after police observed a rope hanging from the rear of the vehicle.

Physical entry into the building was never gained by the actors who subsequently fled the scene north on Riverside Avenue.

The gas station was not open for business and unoccupied at the time of the incident.

Further investigation later revealed that the vehicle was stolen out of the City of Newark.

No further information is available on the actors at this time.

The Bergen County Sheriff’s Department B.C.I. unit responded and is processing the vehicle at this time as well.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigating Detective Ronald Guirland at 201-939-2900 ext. 2614 or our Anonymous Tip Hotline at 201-804-9346.