CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Police, with assistance from the Westfield and Garwood Police Departments, arrested a Jersey City teenager for driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing the scene of the arrest on Sunday.
Patrolman Robert Charma of the CPD attempted to stop the driver for a traffic violation near Orchard Street and Makatom Drive. The driver exited the moving Dodge van and ran into the backyards of houses along Brown Terrace, according to a press release from the CPD.
After the CPD set up a search with the Union County Sheriff’s Department and police K-9, Garwood and Westfield police found the subject on a bicycle near South Avenue and Central Avenue in Westfield. The subject, 17, was placed under arrest for receiving stolen property and eluding, according to the press release.
According to the press release, the subject entered a vehicle on Beech Street as he fled the scene, but was unable to start it. The CPD Juvenile Bureau is continuing its investigation and expects additional charges of burglary to be served to the teenager.
“Working together with our neighboring-community Police Departments we were able to recover a stolen vehicle and prevent further criminal activity this individual had intended to commit", Chief Ryan Greco of the CPD said in the press release.
Further investigation revealed the Dodge van was stolen out of Bayonne, NJ, according to the press release.