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Montclair Police Arrest Newark Man for Nearly Two-Dozen Vehicle-Related Crimes

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old Newark man with nearly two-dozen crimes related to motor vehicle theft and vehicle burglaries. 

Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department stated that on July 14 "officers were dispatched to a report of a subject looking into parked vehicles on Wildwood Avenue." 

He stated that officers in that area were working a construction site when they observed a male matching the suspect's description.

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Upon further investigation, this subject, Danny Gonzalez, was found in possession of burglary tools and proceeds from recent thefts from vehicles in that area.

O'Dowd added that Gonzalez was subsequently charged with a 2016 motor vehicle theft.

"He was also arrested and processed on a Theft of a Motor Vehicle charge from a Lorraine Avenue incident in 2016," he said.

Upon investigation, Montclair Police Officers maintain that Gonzalez is alleged to have been responsible for 22 vehicle burglaries and the theft of two motor vehicles in Montclair.

"These burglaries occurred in the areas of Cooper Avenue, Gordonhurst Avenue, Marion Road and Beverly Road," according to a release. "He was subsequently charged with 13 counts of burglary and 15 counts of theft."

"There have been eight recent arrests in incidents involving thefts from motor vehicles," said O'Dowd. "A majority of these arrestees are repeat offenders, arrested for thefts from motor vehicles. In almost every case, the vehicles in question had been left unlocked."

Montclair police took this opportunity to once again remind residents to lock vehicles.

"We remind all residents to lock their vehicles while unattended," said O'Dowd. "We also advise against storing valuables in the passenger compartment of vehicles."

Essex County residents are urged to contact their local police department immediately should they observe anything unusual.

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