GLEN ROCK, NJ - Thieves took advantage of the gift-giving season robbing deliveries left on porches in four instances.
Rafael G. Del Rosario, 20, of Paterson and Anthony Chalas, 18, of Hawthorne were charged with receiving stolen property and littering in connection with two of the incidents on Lincoln Avenue.
Both were released on their own recognizance in accordance with New Jersey’s new bail reform system.
The alleged thieves were spotted by an off-duty Ridgewood police officer a few days after the incidents on Lincoln Avenue were reported. They were apprehended by Glen Rock officers who were on road construction detail.
On Dec. 17 at approximately 2 p.m., a resident on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue reported the contents of a package delivered to his home had been stolen. He was able to locate the ripped open package, however, the wireless Xbox valued at $150 inside was missing.
At 7:45 p.m. the same day, a resident on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue reported the contents of two packages delivered to his home had been stolen. A neighbor found the opened packages, however the contents, valued at $25.20, were missing.
On Dec. 20, at about noon, the off-duty Ridgewood police officer observed two men who appeared to be taking packages from the front steps of a Glen Rock home. The men quickly fled on Boulevard, then on to Fairview.
The officer notified Glen Rock police who were working a nearby road construction detail. They were able apprehend both actors on Lincoln Avenue near William Place.
Several stolen packages were recovered.
Following the arrest of Del Rosario and Chalas, additional package thefts were reported on Boulevard and Fairview Avenue. Detectives are attempting to determine if the two men were involved.
On Dec. 21 at approximately 6 p.m., a Romary Court resident reported that an Amazon package had been stolen from the front steps of her home on Dec. 19. A UPS package, delivered on the same day, was not taken. The stolen package contained a laptop cover, a $13 value.
At 6:30 p.m. the same day, a Cornelia Place resident reported she had placed two packages on her front steps for return pick-up by UPS on Dec. 20. When she returned home, she discovered one of the packages had been taken, but the other remained. It was determined that UPS had not yet made a pick-up at the residence. The stolen package contained a jacket, a $70 value.