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Chatham Township Police Chief Credits Neighborhood Watch for Arrest; Residential Burglaries 'Way Down'

Chief Steven Hennelly speaks at Chatham Township Committee meeting about crime prevention techniques Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham Township Police Chief reported to the township committee that home burglaries were "way down" this year  Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - The neighborhood watch program on Candace Lane in the township was credited with helping make an arrest it was reported Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly came before the committee to talk about crime prevention and, in the process, pointed to a member of Candace Lane's Neighborhood Watch Program for helping catch a suspect.

According to Hennelly, a Candace Lane resident noticed some unfamiliar people going through the mail of a neighbor and called the police, which resulted in the June 23rd arrest of two men from Brooklyn on marijuana possession charges.

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"Unfortunately, the resident was the victim of identity theft and they were looking for a credit card in the mail," Hennelly said. "We weren't able to arrest them for identity theft, but we did get them on drug possession because of the call we got from the neighbor."

There was a Land Rover recently stolen out of the driveway on May Drive and Hennelly reports that there have been two cars stolen and 18 thefts this year. 

"This past weekend, one car was stolen and two cars were entered," Hennelly said. "This is becoming a real problem not only for us and the surrounding communities, but state-wide there is a theft ring out there targeting high-end cards. The recent car that was stolen, I'm confident with come to a conclusion in the near future."

The best prevention that residents can take to protect their property is to lock their car doors and their residences and report any suspicious activity.

"People must be listening because residential burglaries are way down compared to last year," Hennelly said.

Chief Hennelly explains how easy it is to forget about locking your car when it's in the driveway. He was the victim of a theft recently for that very reason.

 

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