Lawrence Township police are investigating similarities between the thefts of cars from two Lawrence Township auto dealerships just hours apart on Monday, Dec. 31.
The first theft took place at the Lawrence Lexus dealership in the 2600 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) and involved a customer’s vehicle, a 2009 Lexus, that had been dropped off for service, said township police spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.
The car, which was due to be washed, was stolen shortly before 10 a.m. after an employee left it unattended with the key in the ignition, he said.
The other vehicle, a new 2013 Acura, was stolen between 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. from the Precision Acura dealership in the 3000 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1), Ubry said.
The vehicle, which had just been sold and was set to be “detailed” prior to being turned over to its new owner, was also left unattended, with the key in the ignition, by an employee.
Detective James Smith is leading the investigation and anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call him at (609) 896-1111.