Arrest - Burglary to Auto
On June 1, while responding to a call at approximately 3 a.m., a South Orange Police officer observed an individual at the intersection of Highland Road and North Ridgewood Road that he was familiar with from prior burglary to auto arrests. The man, a 36-year-old Newark resident, was standing at the corner of the intersection when the officer stopped to speak with him. The man fled on foot into the rear yards on North Ridgewood. The officer entered into the yard and observed the man placing items on the ground near a tree and when he was told to stop, he fled a second time. A short distance later, the officer was able to apprehend the man and he was transported to the South Orange Police Department. The items he was discarding were his backpack which contained a flashlight, gloves and a pair of Rayban Sunglasses. It was also discovered that he had just burglarized a Mercedes parked on Highland Road where he stole the Rayban glasses from the victim's vehicle. This was also captured on the victim's home security surveillance system. The man was charged with burglary, theft, obstructing, resisting arrest, and possession of burglary tools. He is currently at the Essex County Jail.
On May 29, a 36-year-old Newark resident was arrested for shoplifting at 7-Eleven on Valley Street. The Newark resident was in the process of placing items into his backpack when two detectives happen to walk in as he was doing this. The person was placed under arrest, issued a summons for shoplifting, and released pending his court date.
Hartford Road resident reports his Chevy Eqinox was stolen from his driveway during the overnight hours on May 26 into May 27. The vehicle was recovered in Newark the next day. The South Orange Detective Bureau is investigating.
Burglary to Auto
A Hartford Road resident reported an unknown subject entered his vehicle which was parked in his driveway on May 26 and change was taken. Police did not have a description of the suspects.