Stolen Vehicle Leads to Car Burglary Arrests
On June 25th 2019 at 2:47 AM. Officer Christopher Lynch was on routine patrol south bound on Route 23 when he received an alert on a license plate check he had conducted moments before. The check was on a passing north bound, red Mitsubishi. The alert indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Elizabeth New Jersey. Officer Lynch executed a U-turn and began to travel north looking for the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen at Route 23 and Little Falls Rd. This information was transmitted to the Little Falls and Verona Police. A search for the subject vehicle began on the streets along Route 23. A short time later Officer Lynch observed three individuals on foot in the area of Beech St. and Brookdale. Officer Lynch discovered a juvenile female hiding behind a parked car on Beech St, and radioed that the two juvenile males were fleeing on foot on Brookdale Ave toward Mawal Drive. The female was placed immediately into custody. Officers from Cedar Grove, Little Falls and Verona flooded the area. A search of the area revealed the stolen Mitsubishi parked un-occupied and two juvenile males were eventually located and taken into custody. One was chased and found hiding in a yard, the other male was also chased and apprehended near Brunswick Road. Subsequent investigation revealed residential surveillance video showing the two male subjects pulling on door handles of parked cars and entering others. The two male juveniles were later charged with burglary/attempted burglary, obstruction by flight, and possession of stolen property. The female was not charged at this time. Cedar Grove Detectives followed up with interviews. Additional charges may be filled in Elizabeth for the actual theft of the vehicle there. All subjects were released to their guardians.
“This was outstanding proactive police work by our alert officers and those of our surrounding towns. We are fortunate that no one was injured. Once again, do not leave Keys, Key Fob’s or valuables in your car”.
Chief J. Cirasa