Three Essex County men have been arrested in connection with a vehicle burglary that occurred Friday at approximately 1:55 p.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot at 220 Main St.
The female victim said she was returning to her 2017 Range Rover after shopping at the store and allegedly found a man sitting inside her car.
She reported that when the male observed her, he immediately exited her vehicle and fled the scene in a black 2007 Honda with Virginia license plates that was parked directly next to the victim’s car, according to police.
Two others were observed inside the Honda with the alleged burglar as he made his escape onto Main Street in an unknown direction, said police.
Madison dispatch relayed the details of this incident over a countywide broadcast, which included a description of the vehicle and alleged suspects.
Shortly thereafter, a black Honda was stopped on Route 78 by Chatham Borough Patrolman Michael Permison and Andrew Pereira, who said they overheard the Madison Police broadcast.
All three suspects were placed into custody at the scene and immediately transported to Madison Police Headquarters at 62 Kings Road.
The three males involved were charged with the following:
Asad W. Majors, 25, of Newark was charged with third-degree burglary to a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana under 50 grams
Ronald J. Byrdsell-Jones, 26, of East Orange was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams;
Franklin L. Aiken, Jr., 35, of Newark was charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams.
All criminal charges were filed by Madison Ptl. Stephanie Aquino and the three defendants are currently awaiting court appearances, police said.
Assisting in the investigation were New Jersey State Police, Morris County Sheriff’s Department, and Chatham Borough Police Department.
The Madison Police Department would like to remind everyone to please keep your vehicle’s doors secured when they are unoccupied and remove the valuables from your vehicles.