CHATHAM, NJ - A suspect in three home burglaries in Chatham Township and a series of vehicle thefts has been arrested due to the investigation of Chatham Township Detective Muta Blanford and the county task force, it was announced Friday by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and Chatham Township Police Chief Thomas Miller.
According to Robert J. Carroll, acting Morris County Prosecutor, Elijah Lott, 22, has been arrested and charged with six counts of third-degree burglary, five counts of third-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft, and one count of second-degree conspiracy to commit burglary and theft. Lott is currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail in accordance with the Criminal Justice Reform Act. Under the bail reform act, a motion for pretrial detention has been filed.
Detective Blanford began his investigation in September when a series of home burglaries and vehicle thefts took place in Chatham Township. He was assisted by the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor's announcement: "Lott was identified as a suspect using an intelligence-driven model of investigation, using shared resources, and a variety of investigative methods that corroborated initial information.
Chatham Township Police reported that Lott is alleged to have burglarized three residences in the township and stole items of value from the residences., He is also accused of burglarizing vehicles at these residences, stealing items from the vehicles, as well as the theft of two of the vehicles themselves.
“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to investigating and prosecuting burglars and thieves who prey on our residents and violate the sanctity of their homes," Carroll said. "Through the coordinated efforts of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit, and the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force, and the Chatham Township Police Department, we pledge our commitment to assisting all law enforcement agencies within Morris County with the investigative and legal resources available to solve these types of crimes.
"The involved police departments and their officers are commended for their efforts and intelligence sharing, which led to this arrest and which demonstrates our collective commitment to keeping Morris County safe."