CRANFORD - Over a three-day span between May 7-9, the Cranford Police Department responded to sixteen southside residences on reported car burglaries.

The incidents all occurred during the overnight hours on North Lehigh Avenue, Myrtle Street, Elm Street, Mendell Avenue and Crane Parkway. Various items were stolen from unlocked vehicles along these streets. Additionally, a vehicle was stolen from its owner’s driveway on Mendell Avenue during this same time period.

An investigation conducted by the Cranford Police Department Investigative Division eventually led to the arrest of a 16-year old juvenile from Roselle. Detective Robert Jordan, the lead investigator, has subsequently charged the juvenile with multiple burglary and theft crimes. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Newark on Thursday evening and, along with other stolen items recovered from the investigation, are being returned to their respective owners.

The investigation still remains ongoing as a search continues for a second suspect. Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles each night and not to leave any valuables inside. Anyone with additional information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Det. Robert Jordan at (908) 709-4124.