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West Orange Police Investigate Multiple Incidents of Theft & More

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A Whittlesey Avenue resident learned last week that a thief swiped a package with $200 worth of merchandise from his front porch, according to a police report.

The suspect did not realize, however, that somebody took two photographs of him in the act, according to police.

The alleged thief is between 25 and 44 years old, according to police, and was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time. He loitered in the driveway for a minute or two, removed the package from an open front porch, tried to conceal the package under his tank top and ran south on Whittlesey Avenue toward Washington Street.

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Anyone with information is asked to call police at 973-325-4020.

Meanwhile, on Watson Avenue, a homeowner reported that a $400 television was taken by burglar last week, after the homeowner’s mother startled him, a police report states.

The mother was upstairs sewing. The mother heard noises, came downstairs and screamed at the burglar, who ran out of the house, police said.

West Orange residents also reported to police the theft of three 10-ounce silver bars valued at $573.75 and a $341 Louis Vuitton purse taken from two different homes after they were delivered, according to police reports.

Residents also reported to police last week that their identities were used to set up Sprint phone and PayPal Credit accounts and try to open a Chase Bank Credit Card, according to police.

Chase sent a Carlson Road resident a letter on May 1, informing him that a $1,500 payment scheduled for April 22 was returned unpaid, according to police reports. The letter also lists information about another $9,800 in different cancelled transactions.

Meanwhile, PayPal sent a bill for $167.20 to a Northfield Avenue woman, contending that she owed that amount of money for American Airlines purchases she made, according to reports. But she reported to police that she did not make those purchases.

Another West Orange woman received a phone call from a bill collector on May 1, telling her she owed Sprint $609.33 for an account she set up in February. Four Apple iPhone 7’s were delivered to her address on Lessing Road, where an unknown person was waiting March 13 to sign for the phones, according to police reports.

Good news came for a resident whose red 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK350, valued at $15,000, that was stolen in Newark on June 7 was recovered abandoned on May 2.

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