BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Two men suspected of breaking into cars on Friday morning were arrested by Bloomfield Police because of an an anonymous tip.
The anonymous caller reported two individuals walking behind vehicles appearing to break into them and gave police a detailed description of the vehicle. Police discovered that two parked vehicles on that street had in fact been burglarized within the previous few hours.
The tip allowed the arriving Bloomfield Police officers to quickly identify the vehicle in which the suspected burglars were traveling. A motor vehicle stop was conducted, and 22-year-old Thomas Pough, and 18-year-old Princely Nwafur, both residents of East Orange, were positively identified by the witness and arrested without incident. Iems that appeared to have been stolen from the burglarized cars were found in their vehicle..
“This case was quickly solved and an arrest made due to an anonymous tip. When residents call the police to report crimes in real time, it drastically improves our ability to apprehend the suspect quickly and with the evidence in his or her possession,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “I would like to thank Bloomfield Police officers Noel and Vogel for their quick arrival to the scene, and for their professionalism while conducting the identification and arrests of the two suspects.”
Pough was charged with one count of Burglary, while Nwafur was charged with Burglary and Hindering Apprehension. Both have been issued summonses and court dates.