Jackson police urge residents to keep motor vehicles locked

JACKSON — Police are warning people not to leave valuables in their motor vehicles and to lock their vehicles at all times. Police have reported a number of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks.

“The Jackson Township police would like to remind our residents to keep their vehicles locked, and if anything of value is kept inside the vehicle, keep it out of sight,” Sgt. Christopher Parise said. “The township has recently been experiencing an unusually high number of motor vehicle burglaries and thefts.”

Police are asking residents to be aware of any unusual activities taking place, especially during the overnight hours, such as vehicles driving very slowly and vehicles operating without any headlights turned on. The Jackson Police Department can be reached at 732-928-1111.

In other police news, a motor vehicle crash involving a 2004 Honda motorcycle and a 2008 Suzuki Vitara occurred at the intersection of West County Line and Bennetts Mills roads on Oct. 17 at 12:10 p.m.

“The driver of the motorcycle, Steve Fortune, 53, of Jackson, began to enter the intersection but came to a stop to allow an emergency vehicle, which had its emergency lights and siren on, to proceed,” said Police Officer Trevor Crowley of the Traffic Safety Unit. “As he stopped, he was struck from behind by the Suzuki Vitara driven by Lester Weiner, 61, of Jackson.”

Weiner was wearing his seat belt. He was not injured in the accident.

Police said Fortune and Weiner had just started to proceed into the intersection after the light turned green. Fortune came to a stop and was struck, police said.

Fortune, who was wearing an approved motorcycle helmet, was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, for treatment.

As of 10:45 a.m. Oct. 18, hospital spokesman Robert Cavanaugh said Fortune had been discharged.

Detective Matt Scutti of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident scene to take photographs of the mishap.

The crash is under investigation by Crowley and Police Officer Joseph Candido.