CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Four suspects were charged and one police officer injured his knee in a foot chase that followed a motor vehicle pursuit after several car burglaries in Essex County early Thursday morning.

According to Cedar Grove police, shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, Livingston police pursued a Silver Nissan Sentra into Verona. The vehicle was occupied by four young males. Police suspected the group was involved in motor vehicle burglaries. 

Verona police subsequently pursued the vehicle into Cedar Grove onto Fairview Avenue. Cedar Grove Officer Anthony Grigolo then took up the pursuit of the vehicle on Fairview Avenue from the intersection of Myrtle Avenue. 

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The vehicle continued to elude the Cedar Grove Officers, initially, north onto Route 23 into Little Falls before turning back south into Cedar Grove again. The pursuit ended when one of the suspects drove the Nissan behind a commercial business on Sand Park Road and the four occupants fled from the vehicle on foot. 

They fled into the wooded area between Sand Park Road and Magnolia Lane. Cedar Grove Sgt. Jose Rodriguez apprehended one suspect and the other three were apprehended with the assistance of Fairfield, Livingston, Verona, Totowa, North Caldwell and Little Falls police, and the Essex and Passaic County Sheriff departments. One officer sustained a knee injury in the foot chase. No other injuries were reported. 

It was determined that the vehicle was stolen out of Belleville. Additionally, one suspect was in possession of proceeds from a car burglary in Newark. The subject’s charges included possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, eluding, obstructing, hindering apprehension, disorderly conduct and numerous motor vehicle violations.

“Please continue to lock and remove keys and valuables from your vehicles,” Cedar Grove police said in a statement addressed to local residents. “It will deter thefts and discourage this behavior. If you should observe suspicious activity or a crime, contact police immediately. Do not investigate or confront the actors.”