Motorist Loses Cash While Changing Tire

LINDEN – A bag with several thousand dollars in cash was taken out of a motorist’s car while he was changing a flat tire on Monday afternoon, police said.

The victim, a 70-year-old man, was collecting cash receipts from several gas stations when he noticed that one of his tires was going flat. He pulled into the Gulf service station at North Stiles Street and West St. Georges Avenue at 1:23 p.m. to get the spare tire from his trunk.


The victim told police that he left a nylon bag with the money on the seat of his vehicle, according to Linden Police Detective Lt. James Sarnicki. Moments later, the victim discovered that the bag was missing.

An inspection revealed that the tire had been slashed on the sidewall by a sharp object, indicating that it may have been done deliberately, Sarnicki said. No suspects were observed, according to police.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the crime to call Det. David Dehler at 1-908-474-8537 or email

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