CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Cedar Grove police arrested three juveniles after a car burglary was thwarted in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Cedar Grove.  

At approximately 2:47 a.m. while on routine patrol on Route 23 South, Officer Christopher Lynch received an alert on a license plate check he had conducted moments before. The check on a passing north bound red Mitsubishi indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Elizabeth, NJ.

Officer Lynch turned around to search for the vehicle which was last seen at Route 23 and Little Falls Road. Little Falls and Verona police were also alerted and a larger search conducted.  A short time later Officer Lynch observed three individuals on foot in the area of Beech St. and Brookdale Avenue according to police reports. 

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Officer Lynch discovered a juvenile female hiding behind a parked car on Beech St, and radioed that the two juvenile males were fleeing on foot on Brookdale Avenue toward Mawal Drive. The female was placed into custody. 

Officers from Cedar Grove, Little Falls and Verona flooded the area and a search of the area revealed the stolen Mitsubishi parked un-occupied and two juvenile males were eventually located and taken into custody. One was chased and found hiding in a yard, the other male was also chased and apprehended near Brunswick Road. 

Further investigation revealed residential surveillance video showing the two male suspects pulling on door handles of parked cars and entering others. The two male juveniles were later charged with burglary/attempted burglary, obstruction by flight, and possession of stolen property. The female was not charged at this time. 

Cedar Grove Detectives followed up with interviews. Additional charges may be filed in Elizabeth for the actual theft of the vehicle there. All subjects were released to their guardians.    

“This was outstanding proactive police work by our alert officers and those of our surrounding towns. We are fortunate that no one was injured. Once again, do not leave keys, key fob’s or valuables in your car,” said Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa.