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Newton Man Caught for Burglarizing Cars in Parking Lot

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NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious male who was looking into vehicles in the parking lot at Sonic Suds Laundromat on Sparta Ave on Wednesday, October 26 around 7:43 p.m.

The man was described as a “white male in his 20’s with brown hair, scruffy beard and was wearing a flannel shirt,” according to police.

When Newton officers arrived on scene they met with the complainant, who had reported that his daughter’s Apple iPhone 6S, valued at $600, was stolen from inside his unlocked vehicle that was parked within the lot behind Sonic Suds.

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According to the police, the complainant told the responding officers that he utilized the "Find My iPhone” app from his own Apple iPhone and was able to locate his daughter’s Apple iPhone, hearing the phone app alert coming from the area where a while man was sitting in the business. 

The complainant approached the unidentified male and asked him if he took his daughter’s Apple iPhone from his vehicle. The male suspect initially denied the he had it but eventually took the Apple iPhone in question from his pocket. 

The unidentified male suspect then fled the laundromat on foot, prior to the officers arriving. Detectives viewed the Sonic Suds Laundromat’s video surveillance, which captured the incident and identified the actor to be Denis Schrader, 25, from Newton.

On Friday, October 28, 2016, Schrader was found at the Quick Chek, on Sparta Avenue.  He was taken into custody without incident, according to police. Schrader was charged with the offenses of burglary and theft of moveable property.

According to police, Judge John E. Mulhern, JMC authorized the issuance of the arrest warrant and set bail at $10,000 No 10 percent option. Schrader was processed and lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of bail.

Investigating Officers were Sgt. Scott King, Ptl. Shawn Burke, Ptl. Jose Morales, Detective Thomas Muller and Detective Steve VanNieuwland.

As always, Newton Police encourage residents to lock their motor vehicles when unoccupied and unattended. 

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