MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – An Irvington man has been charged in connection with several motor vehicle burglaries that happened in the borough on Sept. 8 and Sept. 11. 

According to a release from Mountainside Acting Police Chief Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi, Jonathan Joseph, 24, was arrested by Woodbridge Police after committing more than 40 burglaries to motor vehicles over the course of several nights in that town. As of Thursday, he was still being lodged at the Middlesex County Jail.

Mr. Joseph was seen on residential video in numerous towns trying door handles to cars and entering unlocked motor vehicles.

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Through the use of video surveillance, technology and diligent detective work, Mountainside Detectives Shaun Bendik and Stephen Devito were able to charge Mr. Joseph with burglary, theft and criminal attempt in these incidents.

Mountainside detectives worked closely with Scotch Plains, Springfield, Clark, and Woodbridge Police departments to identify Mr. Joseph as the person who had committed crimes in those towns as well. He was also charged by several agencies in Morris, Bergen, Middlesex and Essex counties for similar crimes, including in Verona and West Caldwell.

The Mountainside Police Department continues to stress the need for residents to lock their vehicles, remove all keys and remotes, not leave valuables in cars overnight and never leave a vehicle unattended while running climate control features of the car.