A Pennsylvania man was charged with stealing a running car from in front of the Hoboken Dunkin Donuts in broad daylight yesterday, police said.
Raul Lopez, 33, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was charged with burglary, theft of motor vehicle, and theft of moveable property, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Hoboken Police Department responded to 400 Newark St. on the report of a stolen vehicle.
When Officer Anthony Rutkowski arrived on scene, he provided all other working personnel with the vehicle license plate, make and model of the stolen vehicle. Soon after, Officer Jonathan Lyons stopped the vehicle in question in the area of 12th and Washington Street.
During the on scene investigation, it was determined this was indeed the stolen vehicle and the man driving it from earlier.
The driver was identified as Lopez. After the victim regained possession of his vehicle, he was issued a summons for leaving his motor vehicle running unattended.
Once Lopez was arrested and processed, he was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.
This is the second time this month that a running vehicle was stolen near a food establishment in the Mile Square City, with an Uber Eats vehicle stolen outside a McDonald’s on February 2nd.