SPRINGFFIELD, NJ — Thanks to the help of some quick-thinking residents, the Springfield Police Department was able to nab a car thief late last week.

According to a post on the department's Facebook page, On Friday, March 20, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a resident of Springfield contacted the police department after observing an unknown individual attempting to enter a vehicle parked in their driveway.

The resident provided police officers with a full description of the subject along with his location. Following the information from the resident, additional officers were dispatched to the area where Officer Michelle DiParisi spotted the subject on foot near Jefferson Terrace. According to police, as Officer DiParisi approached the subject, he began fleeing from the scene.

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Patrol officers for the department then searched the area, and found the suspect hiding in the rear yard of a residence on Adams Terrace. He was then arrested and placed into custody by Officer DiParisi and Officer Luis Brito.

As officers continued securing information near the scene, a stolen vehicle was recovered parked near Roessner Field. That case is under further investigation by the Detective Bureau. Elliot Taylor, 25, of Newark, was charged by police with burglary, theft, criminal trespass, and possession of marijuana.

The Springfield Police Department finished the post by thanking the resident who initially contacted the police for being vigilant and providing detailed and accurate information which aided in the apprehension of Taylor.