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Car Thieves Flee From South Orange Police

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Police narrowly missed apprehending a pair of car thieves.

A Montvale resident told police that two people stole his 2009 Mercedes while he was pulling into an Irvington Avenue driveway at approximately 11:30 p.m. on April 19. The victim said that the suspects approached his car while he and his friend were about to step out and stole their belongings. The suspects, both described as black males about 6-feet tall and in their early 20s or 30s, then drove off in the victim’s car.

An officer spotted the stolen vehicle, along with another suspect vehicle, on Centre Street and gave chase. The pursuit was called off as it progressed into Newark.

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In a separate theft incident, a Lenox Avenue resident reported that he woke up to a stranger in his hallway at about 4:40 a.m. on April 19. The suspect, wearing a ski mask and carrying a weapon, possibly a handgun, fled when he was seen and stole the victim’s 2002 Lexus.

In other police news:

  • A resident told police that she was walking her dog on Ridgewood Road when someone drove by and exposed their buttocks to her at approximately 8:15 a.m. on April 18.
  • A Maplewood resident stated that someone stole an iPad Mini from his unattended backpack while he was playing basketball at the community center at about 4 p.m. on April 17.
  • A Riggs Place resident reported that someone deceived her in order to steal money on April 22. The suspect, a black woman who introduced herself as “Miss Mary,” claimed that their car had broken down and that they needed cab fare. The victim later told police that they had been deceived, but did not say how.
  • A South Kingman Road resident reported that someone smashed the rear driver’s side window of their 2003 Volkswagen at about 2:15 a.m. on an undisclosed date.
  • Benson Philippe, 23, of Irvington, and two minors, ages 16 and 17, were arrested on April 15 when an investigation revealed that they were responsible for an April 12 burglary on Lenox Avenue. Detectives were able to recover a most of the items, primarily jewelry, from the suspects.

Source: South Orange Police Blotter

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.


Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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