Cedar Grove Police Department
Police Arrest Bloomfield Man on Multiple Charges Relating to
Burglaries to Parked Motor Vehicles, Theft of Property,
and Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle
On Monday, January 19, 2015 at 6:10 a.m., police responded to Longview Road on a citizen’s report of a suspicious person with a flashlight entering and exiting several of his neighbors’ parked vehicles. The witness reported the subject was last seen walking up the street. The first arriving officer, Ptl. Christopher Heck, located the subject in another parked vehicle on Longview Road and identified him as 21 year-old Darren D. Clark of Bloomfield. A subsequent investigation resulted in Clark’s arrest on charges he had burglarized nine (9) motor vehicles that morning and stole a number of items, including a woman’s wallet, cash, credit cards and identification. Police were also able to link Clark to similar motor vehicle burglaries that occurred on Franklin Street on Saturday, January 17th. While conducting an area search for additional victims, police also located a parked 2002 Ford that had been reported to the Bloomfield Police as stolen on January 17th. Police were able to determine that Clark had driven the vehicle to the area that morning and subsequently discovered property belonging to a Franklin Street victim in the car. Clark was taken to police headquarters and charged with eleven (11) counts of burglary, four (4) counts of theft, and possession of a stolen vehicle. He was processed on all charges and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark in lieu of $75,000.00/No 10% Bail. Ptl. Jason Rivers, Ptl. Kristian Schneider, D/Sgt. Andrew McPhail, Det. Michael Tower, Lt. Erik Hansson, Sgt. Scott Scherer and Sgt. Frank Pumphrey assisted in the investigation.
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs. The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1. All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated
All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.