PROSPECT PARK, NJ - On Wednesday, a string car burglaries victimizing half a dozen Prospect Park residents over the course of a month resulted in the arrest of Justin Tapia, 20, from Paterson, according to the Prospect Park Police Department.
Detective Sergeant Walter Richmond and Detective Arthur Canestrino were able to identify the suspect by inspecting surveillance camera footage from different locations within the month. Once the detectives were able to determine the suspect's identity, he was arrested at his place of residence, whereupon a search was carried out. Within his residence were unspecified items which connected Tapia to car-related crimes in the area.
"I am extremely proud of our Detective Bureau and commend them on their swift and outstanding work on this investigation," Prospect Park Chief Charlie Atie said. "All the vehicles involved in these incidents were unlocked. I urge all residents to avoid becoming victimized by keeping their vehicles locked at all times."
Tapia was transported to the Passaic County Jail awaiting a CJP hearing, charged with six counts of theft and six counts of burglary.
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