UNION, NJ – Union police are still trying to identify a man wanted in connection with an attempted theft and carjacking on Feb. 1 and now the Union County CRIME STOPPERS is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information about the incidents.
According to the Union County CRIME STOPPERS website, “if you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or submit a Web Tip. You do not have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 and you can remain anonymous.”
Union police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man possibly connected to the Saturday, Feb. 1 incident, when police received a 9-1-1 call from a citizen reporting a carjacking. According to police, as a man was entering the Chestnut Deli, at 631 Chestnut Street, he had his wallet snatched from his hand. A brief struggle ensued between the victim and the thief, and the victim was able to reclaim his wallet. A deli customer saw the commotion and got in his car and followed the suspect to Phillips Terrace where (the driver) and another good Samaritan tried to stop the man and detain him until police arrived.
Police say the suspect was able to escape from the two men by getting in the Samaritan's car. The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle. The missing car was located on Monday, Feb. 3, in Newark by Union’s Street Crimes Unit. It was towed back to Union police headquarters for further investigation.
Union detectives and officers checked the area and video surveillance was found of a man, believed to be the suspect. Detective Odete Mirao is the lead detective. Anyone with information about this crime can speak to Detective Mirao at 908-851-5030 or a Detective Bureau supervisor via e-mail at MMartin@uniontownship.com. All calls will be kept confidential if needed. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by clicking here.