NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department reports that an 18-year-old Nutley man has been arrested and charged in connection with breaking into multiple vehicles in the township. The resident is also charged with stealing one vehicle.
Keith McNei Jr. made headlines earlier this week as the "Shirtless, Masked Bandit" after being captured on surveillance video entering vehicles while wearing a surgical mask. An accomplice was also seen in some video footage.
According Public Safety Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo, police responded to Hay Ave and Villa Place early Sunday morning where six cars had been entered and numerous items stolen. At that time, it was reported that he also had a stolen Infinity G35 on Villa Place.
Police arrested McNei Jr. of Nutley and charged him with six counts of burglary, one count of auto theft and one count of conspiracy. McNei was also found to be wanted by Florence Township Police for auto theft. Officers of that department took custody of him in the evening of Tuesday July 21 after Nutley charges were filed.
Detective Lt. Antony Montanari of the Nutley Police Department reported that police recovered the stolen vehicle in Passaic. Charges against McNei’s accomplice are imminent.
Chief Strumolo said, "the department has a very high percentage of arrests related to motor vehicle burglaries. Typically, one or two actors are responsible for several burglaries. He said this year alone we have had nineteen people arrested or charged with crimes committed in Nutley, and each of these arrests had multiple vehicles involved."
Police Director Alphonse Petracco commended the Officers and Detectives that were able to identify the actor so quickly. He said that entry into unlocked motor vehicles is something many towns are experiencing. Nutley residents have been reminded to lock their doors, but often neglect to do so, which makes incidents like this continue to occur.
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