ROSELLE PARK, NJ - What started out as a report of suspicious persons looking into parked motor vehicles ended with a police chase, and the capture of two people who stole a pick-up truck. 

According to Roselle Park Police, the incident started on Wednesday morning at 2:25 am, when Corporal Rick Gaylord and Officer Vincent Picarelli responded to the area of Henry St., on a report of suspicious persons looking into parked motor vehicles. 

Police say a resident reported seeing three individuals opening a car door and called out to them. The three then fled the area in a dark-colored Ford Ranger pickup truck. A County alert was put out to surrounding towns to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

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Authorities said shortly thereafter, Officer Ted Kot, was in the area of West Westfield Ave. and the Gordon Street Bridge when he observed the Ford pickup truck coming over the Gordon Street Bridge and commit a motor vehicle violation. 

Police said, a motor vehicle stop was then attempted but the driver of the Ford did not stop. After a brief pursuit, the two individuals were apprehended.       

Officials said Nelson Pereyra, 19 of Elizabeth, and a 17-year-old juvenile also from Elizabeth were taken into custody. A third subject is still at large. The Ford truck they were driving was later found to be stolen out of Elizabeth.

Pereyra was processed and released on the following charges, eluding an officer, possession of a weapon, obstruction, and receiving stolen property. 

The 17-year-old juvenile male was charged with the following criminal charges, eluding an officer, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana), and resisting arrest. He was also charged with the following motor vehicle summonses, driving without a license, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to signal, speeding, driving wrong way on a one way street, failure to possess insurance card, failure to possess driver’s license, failure to possess registration, unsafe lane change, failure to pull over for emergency vehicle, and improper use of divided highway, police said. 

Officials said the juvenile was released to his parents, pending a future Family Court date. Pereyra was released pending a future Union County Superior Court date.

Police say they are continuing Investigations regarding vehicle burglaries that have been reported in the area.

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