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South Orange Police Blotter - Two Burglaries to Autos, No Arrests Made


South Orange Police Blotter as of Feb. 26

P.U.L.A. - Benthal Pittman Roderick, an 18 year old Tennessee resident, was issued a special complaint summons on Thursday, Feb. 23, at approximately 9:50 p.m. for possession of alcohol under the legal age (P.U.L.A.). Officers stopped the subject, who appeared to be under the legal age to possess or purchase alcohol, as he exited University Liquors on South Orange Avenue carrying a bag of several alcoholic beverages he had just purchased. Officers stopped the subject and quickly determined he was only 18 years of age. Subsequently, officers seized the alcohol, issued a special complaint summons to the subject and sent him on his way.

Adult Arrest - Shoplifting - Richard Rodriguez, a 41 year old Maplewood resident, was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at approximately 2:16 p.m. for shoplifting. An employee from the Stop n Shop on Valley Street observed Rodriguez conceal several items on his person and leave the store without paying for them. The employee immediately called police and based on the description given (white/Hispanic male, wearing green khaki pants and a black and white jacket), police were quickly able to locate the subject. Police arrested Rodriguez without incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.

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Warrant Arrest - Marie Jean Francois, a 51 year old Orange resident was arrested on Saturday, Feb. 18, at approximately 8:50 a.m. for an outstanding arrest warrant out of Orange. Officers stopped Francois for a motor vehicle violation on Sloan Street. After further investigation during the traffic stop, it was revealed that there was an active arrest warrant for the subject. Officers arrested Francois and transported her to headquarters where she was processed accordingly.

Adult Arrest - CDS - Freddy Rodriguez, a 36 year old Newark resident was arrested on Saturday, Feb. 18, at approximately 1:53 a.m. for possession of CDS (marijuana). Officers stopped Rodriguez for a motor vehicle violation near the intersection of Scotland Rd and Comstock Pl. During the traffic stop, officers determined that Rodriguez was in possession of marijuana as well as CDS paraphernalia. Officers arrested Rodriguez without incident and transported him to headquarters where he was processed accordingly.  

Theft of Bicycle - A Church Street resident reported that on Friday, Feb. 10, between 5:04 p.m. and 7:18 p.m., actor(s) unknown removed his bicycle (a brown, lightweight frame, 10 - speed) from the rear of his residence.

Theft - A Prospect St resident reported that on Thursday, Feb. 16, between 5:33 p.m. and 8:44 p.m., actor(s) unknown stole a package that had been delivered by UPS at approximately 5:33 p.m.

Burglary to Auto - A Kingman Rd resident reported on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at approximately 6:09 a.m., he observed an unknown actor inside of his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway of his residence and immediately called the police. Officers responded quickly while searching neighboring backyards, located the actor and gave chase. After a brief foot pursuit, the actor (described as a older, black male, approximately 5'-6" in height was wearing a dark colored skull cap and long brown jacket) was able to elude police and fled the scene. Nothing appears to have been taken from the vehicle at the time of the report.

Burglary to Auto - A Tichenor Ave resident reported on Monday, Feb. 13, at approximately 10:38 p.m., he observed an unknown actor (described by the victim as a black male with short hair, about 5'7"and 200 to 245 lbs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt inside of his vehicle (2012 Subaru), which was parked in the driveway. Upon seeing the actor, the victim remotely activated his car alarm and the actor fled the scene in an older, grey Lexus. Nothing appeared to have been taken at the time and the vehicle was not damaged in the incident.

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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