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Maplewood Police Blotter - Four Daytime Home Burglaries Since Feb. 7


February 23 - Burglary; At approximately 1:15 p.m., Officer’s responded to a home on Sommer Ave. for a reported burglary in progress. A witness to the burglary observed a black male wearing a blue coat, middle age, approximately 6’ tall and having a bald head walk out of the home.  He was last observed running towards Valley St. Multiple units responded to the area and searched for the male. Essex County Sheriff’s and their K9 unit also responded and attempted to track the male. A male fitting the description of the suspect was stopped on Millburn Ave. by Union PD, but the male was later determined to not be involved in the burglary. Since Feb. 7, there have been four daytime burglaries in this general area including, Manley Terr., Courter Ave. near Prospect St., and the 600 block of Valley St.

February 21 - Theft from Auto; During the overnight hours two unsecured vehicles parked on Park Ave. were entered. Change was removed from one of them and a pair of sunglasses were removed from the other vehicle.

February 21 - Burglary; Sometime during the overnight hours the Hilton Branch Library was entered.  A small amount of cash was stolen from the building.

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February 22 - Theft from Auto; Between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., an unsecured vehicle on Fernwood Rd. and an unsecured vehicle on the 200 block of Elmwood Ave. were entered. A purse and credit cards were stolen from one vehicle and a cell phone and change were stolen from the other vehicle.

February 23 - Motor Vehicle Theft, During the overnight hours, a Jeep Liberty was stolen from Newark Way. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

February 25 - Shoplifting, At approximately 8 a.m., officers responded to the Walgreens on Springfield Ave. on a reported shoplifting. Christopher Black, age 47, of Irvington was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting following the investigation on scene.

February 25 - Motor Vehicle Theft; Sometime between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., a vehicle was stolen from the DPW parking lot.

February 26 - Burglary; Sometime over the previous week a vacant home on Boyden Parkway was entered and copper pipes were stolen.

February 26 -  Shoplifting; At approximately 3:30 p.m., a male entered the CVS on Valley St., picked up several bars of soap and left the store without paying.  He then fled on a bicycle toward South Orange.

Editor's Note: This article relies on information provided by law enforcement officials and the subjects are presumed innocent. If notified of changes to the charges or their outcome, TAPinto.net will update this report.

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