PARAMUS, NJ – An 18-year-old Passaic man faces charges after authorities say he broke into several vehicles early Thursday morning in Paramus and then tried to flee the area by leading cops on a foot chase through the neighborhood. 

Just before 1 a.m., police were responding to the area of Lambert Place after receiving a report of two men attempting to burglarize vehicles when officers spotted one of the suspects and began chasing him, Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.

After a foot pursuit through several backyards, Officer Chris Bores and Officer Mike Mordaga captured the man, Jose Cereno Del Rio, and placed him under arrest, the chief said. He has been charged with burglary to auto, criminal attempt, possession of stolen property and eluding police and remanded to county jail pending a bail hearing.

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With assistance from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, Paramus officers searched the area but were unable to find any additional suspects, Ehrenberg said.

Further investigation revealed that several cars in the neighborhood had been ransacked and a Walnut Street resident’s 2008 Kia Sorrento was stolen from his driveway sometime during the overnight hours, the chief said. The resident told police he left his keys inside the vehicle.

Officers did locate a 2009 Hyundai Elantra parked nearby on Stella Court that had been stolen from a River Vale residence on Tuesday, Ehrenberg said.

The chief continues to urge residents to lock their vehicles and not to leave their keys or fobs inside cars.