NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Police responding to a call from a homeowner before sunrise this morning arrested three men and a juvenile. They were charged with various crimes, including joy riding, hindering apprehension, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, all stemming from the alleged theft of two cars.

The New Providence Police gave the following account of the incident:

On Monday, Jan, 15, at about 4:19 a.m., New Providence Officers David Rodriguez and Andrew Lynch responded to the area of Runnymede Parkway for a report of a suspicious incident.  An alert resident called to advise several males going in and out of parked vehicles.

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When police arrived, the two vehicles fled. One vehicle crashed on Holmes Oval when the driver left it in neutral. That vehicle was confirmed stolen at the scene. The second vehicle fled and was pursued by Officer Rodriguez. After a short pursuit the occupants bailed out on Diamond Hill Road, near the entrance to Route 78 east.  This vehicle was also confirmed stolen, police said.

As a result of this incident, Lloyd Gillespie, 19, of Newark and Rayquan Miles, 19, of Newark were both charged with 2C:29-2b (Eluding), 2C:20-7a (receiving stolen property), and 2C:17-3A(1) (criminal mischief).  Gillespie and Miles were transferred to the Union County Jail pending court appearances.  Altameen Simpson, 19, of Newark was charged with 2C-20-10d (joyriding) and 2C:29-3b (4) (hindering apprehension). Simpson was released pending a mandatory court appearance.  A 15-year-old juvenile was charged with 2C:20-10d (joyriding).

The police thanked the caller for alerting them as the events were unfolding.  They are asking all citizens be diligent and report any and all suspicious activity to the New Providence Police.