The 2004 Acura was later used in a robbery in Irvington, Maplewood police said.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Irvington man and a teenager in connection with the theft of a vehicle that was later used in an Essex County robbery, authorities said Monday.
Dquan Dupont, of Irvington, had stolen the car left running in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 800 block of Central Avenue in Westfield Nov. 24, acting Police Chief Christopher Battiloro said. The theft happened at a 7-Eleven, according to police.
“This was a crime of opportunity,” Battiloro said in a statement. “I cannot stress enough that we must not present criminals with chances like this to steal vehicles. Please exercise common sense and always take simple measures, such as turning off and securing your vehicles when exiting them.”
Westfield Police arrested Dupont at police headquarters in Irvington on Nov. 29. Officers also arrested a 17-year-old Irvington boy, who had fled officers in a high-speed chase immediately after the Nov. 24 theft, police said in the news release Monday.
Maplewood officers arrested the Irvington teenager after a brief foot-chase following an armed robbery in neighboring Irvington, a Nov. 25 incident report from Maplewood Police said. Officers found the vehicle, a 2004 Acura and chased the youth over a fence into a backyard on Franklin Avenue, police said in the report released Monday.
Officers found the teenager laying on top of a garage in a nearby backyard, police said. At least one officer pulled his gun and ordered the youth to climb down from the roof, which he did, police said. The youth showed a silver handgun during the chase and arrest involving three other officers, according to police.
Anyone with additional information on this incident is requested to contact Westfield Detective Nicholas Bruno at 908-789-6076.
Fred Smith, of TAPinto SOMA, contributed to this story.
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