MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Police Department is investigating invasions of privacy incidents over the last month. On 5/10 a few minutes past midnight, a resident of Burroughs Way observed a white or Hispanic male standing on the rear porch, looking through their sliding glass door. The male was scared off and ran from the yard.
Approximately 30 minutes later, a Hispanic male, described as 20-30 years old, 5’3”-5’5” tall, clean shaven with black spiked hair, wearing dark jeans with the front and back faded, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black leather jacket was observed entering into the rear yard of a home on Coolidge Rd. A witness then observed the male walk back to the street between 10 and 15 minutes later.
The witness confronted the male who apologized and in doing so was observed to have a “Spanish accent.” The male then walked towards Irvington Ave and into Newark before the police were contacted. On 5/12 between 130 and 2 AM a resident of Boyden Ave thought they heard someone whisper outside of their window. In the morning they found paving stones stacked underneath two of their windows.
On 5/15, a male identified as 19 year old Christian Rua, of Harding St, Maplewood was stopped after peering into a window of a different Boyden Ave home. He was subsequently arrested for Trespass and was released.
The Maplewood Police Department takes these occurrences seriously and is actively investigating them. We ask that residents be aware of their surrounding and report any suspicious incidents in a timely manor.
May 26, 2014; Bicycle Theft; During the early evening hours a bicycle was removed from a unsecured garage on Union Ave.
May 27, 2014; Attempt Robbery; On CHS property an 18 year old student, Peter Milord of Edmund Ter, Maplewood assaulted a 16 year old juvenile student while attempting to take his cell phone. He was unsuccessful in getting the cell phone and the juvenile was not injured. Milord was arrested and charged with the attempted robbery, processed at MWPD and transported to Essex County Jail.
May 31, 2014; Theft from Auto; At approximately 930 PM officers responded to Girard Pl on the report of a male going through an unlocked vehicle. Officers arrived and were able to locate the suspect. He was identified as 23 year old Shawn Love of East Orange. He was taken into custody and charged with the theft of a GPS unit which was recovered on scene.