December 15 - Burglary; Sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., a home on Rynda Rd was forcibly entered. At the time of the report, cash and a backpack were reported missing.

December 15 - Package Thefts; Officer responded to the area of Parker Ave on a report of a male stealing packages. A male fitting the description was stopped and determined to be the actor in two thefts from Parker Ave and one package theft from Highland Ave.  he thirty four year old male, Jaime Cintron of Irvington, was taken into custody and charged with the thefts.

December 17 - Robbery; At approximately 9 p.m., an eighteen year old female from Union was approached by six females in the area of Indiana St and Franklin Ave. She was surrounded by the group, sprayed with pepper spray and struck several times  One of the females stated “give me your phone or I will shoot you.” One of the other females responded “I already have her phone” after removing it from the victims pocket. The females then fled on Franklin Ave. Several minutes later a patrol unit located the victim arguing with the group of females a short distance away. The officer made contact with the group and was alerted to prior robbery. Following the on scene investigation it was determined that the females were involved in the robbery. Four juveniles, two age fourteen, one fifteen, one seventeen as well as two adults age 18 were taken into custody and charged with robbery and conspiracy.  All of the females including the two adults, Brianna Adams and Amaya Jones were from Newark. One of the juveniles was found to be in possession of the victim’s phone which was returned to the victim by officers. No handgun was observed by the victim and was not found on any of the females. The victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical attention. The adult females were released on summons and the four juvenile were transported to the Essex County Youth Detention Center.

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Over the past several weeks Maplewood and many surrounding towns have received multiple thefts from unlocked vehicles as well as thefts of vehicles that had the keys left in them. The Maplewood Police Department would like to remind residents to remove all valuable and keys from vehicles.

The Maplewood Police Department works hard to protect the residents and their property.  We are asking that you assist us in this effort by making sure all vehicles and homes are properly secured at all times.  All charges are merely accusations. Each suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.