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Cranford Police Arrest Burglary Suspect, Recover Property


CRANFORD, NJ - Cranford Police arrested a 48-year-old Elizabeth man following a reported residential burglary on Wednesday, April 27.

Police were called to a single family home on the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue East shortly before 1:00pm.  The resident had returned home and observed a male suspect leaving his property and fleeing on Myrtle Street.  After seeing that entry was made to his home the resident called 9-1-1.  A description of the fleeing suspect was broadcast to responding units.

During a check of the surrounding area, Ptl. John Colineri observed a male matching the suspect’s physical and clothing description in a residential Roselle neighborhood adjacent to the Cranford border.  The male fled on foot and was apprehended by Ptl. Colineri on Grove Street in Roselle.  An alert Roselle resident called 9-1-1 and directed Roselle Police units to the exact location of the arrest.

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During the arrest of the male, identified as Dimetri Shell of Mary Street, Elizabeth, police recovered approximately $5000 in jewelry taken from the Lincoln Avenue address.

Shell was charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.  He was processed and committed to the Union County Jail pending an appearance in Superior Court on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Bail was set at $15,000.

Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak was elated at the quick resolution of the case.  “National statistics tell us that less than 15% of residential burglaries are cleared by arrest,” he stated.  “I’m proud to say that we routinely defy that statistic.  I have nothing but praise for the officers and detectives that brought this case to a successful conclusion.  I also want to commend the alert Roselle resident who didn’t hesitate to contact the Roselle Police Department to make sure Officer Colineri had almost immediate assistance.”

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