GLEN ROCK, NJ –  An "alert" Harding Road resident helped foil a cell phone thief who police apprehended with eight stolen cell phones in his possession, according to police.

On Aug. 7, the Harding Road resident received a FedEx package delivered to his home with someone else’s name on it just before 6 p.m.  The complainant, who had read in last week’s Glen Rock Police Press Blotter about fraudulently purchased cellphones being shipped to third party addresses and then retrieved by an individual claiming that the package was shipped to the wrong address, quickly called police.

While the resident was on the phone calling police, a man appeared at the door seeking to claim the package, police said. When the complainant replied that he did not receive the package, the man insisted that it was just delivered by FedEx because he had received a delivery alert confirming the delivery. The resident insisted no delivery had been made and the man departed.

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The incident was recorded on the complainant’s home video surveillance system. The resident provided officers with the suspect’s license plate number and direction of travel, as well.

With the information, police quickly located the suspect at a local gas station.  A total of eight cellphones valued at $8,000 were recovered, according to police. This, along with evidence that the phones had been picked up at various homes throughout the region, resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old Bronx, NY man on charges of receiving stolen property.

Additionally, he was issued a traffic summons for operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

The man was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and then released as required, under New Jersey’s 2017 Bail Reform law, pending an appearance before Central Judicial Processing at the Superior Court in Hackensack on August 24.  

Police have collected additional evidence and are continuing an investigation into numerous incidents of this nature which have occurred in Glen Rock.