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Cranford Police Arrest Bike Thief at Train Station

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The CPD Investigative Division was conducting daily undercover surveillance following multiple reports of bicycle theft from the Cranford Train Station. Credits: TAPinto Photo Archive
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CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Police Detectives Spencer Durkin and Timothy W. O’Brien arrested an Elizabeth man while he tried to steal a locked bycicle from the Cranford Train Station.

Durkin and O’Brien witnessed Richard A. Harrington, 60, attempting to unlock the bicycle with bolt cutters on Monday, Sept. 19. The Cranford Police Department Investigative Division was conducting daily undercover surveillance following multiple reports of bicycle theft from the train station.

“We know the frustration of arriving at the Cranford Station only to find your bicycle was stolen,” Acting Police Chief Joseph VanBergen said.  “I’m pleased that our surveillance operations were successful and we will continue these efforts as necessary to get the message out that this type of criminal activity will not be tolerated.”

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As Durkin and O’Brien approached Harrington, he failed to comply with their commands and attempted to resist arrest. Harrington was taken into custody and was charged with criminal attempt to commit theft, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest.

Harrington was released from custody pending an October appearance in Union County Superior Court.

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