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Thefts and Suspicious Activity in Maplewood


March 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following items were reported by the Maplewood Police Department:

March 5, 2014; Suspicious Incident; A 10 year old child playing in front of a home on Edgewood Pl reported that a white male with a shaved head and operating an Orange VW Beetle made a motion to him.  He believed that the male was trying to get him to come closer to the vehicle.  The child reported this to his parents and the vehicle left the area.

March 10, 2014; Theft from Auto: During the overnight hours a Franklin Ave resident reports that a garage door opener was removed from an unlocked vehicle in the driveway.

March 10, 2014; Between 10 AM and 3 PM the window of a vehicle parked on Camptown Rd was broken and several electric items stolen.

March 13, 2014; Theft of Auto Parts: During the overnight hours, the tires and rims were removed from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Clinton Ave residence.

March 16, 2014; Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle: At approximately 330 PM, Officer Klebaur and Officer Alvarez were patrolling in the area of Parker Ave and Irvington Ave.  While doing so they located a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Michigan.  Officers were able follow the vehicle a short distance before stopping it and arresting the operator, Elliot Gibson, age 46 of Los Angeles California.  Mr Gibson was charged with receiving stolen property.

All incidents are currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau.  Residents are asked to practice good crime prevention techniques and secure their homes, garages and automobiles when left unattended.

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