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Morris County Auto Theft Task Force Arrest Suspect

Release Date: January 14, 2021

Morris County Auto Theft Task Force Arrest Suspect in Another Burglary and Theft of a Motor Vehicle

  • One (1) count of third degree burglary;
  • One (1) count of third degree theft; and
  • One (1) count of third degree conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.

A motion for pretrial detention has been filed by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and this decision is pending before the Court.

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll stated: “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues its commitment to this collaborative, intelligence-driven approach to solving crimes throughout Morris County. This coordinated approach of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit, the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force, and the Mendham Borough Police Department led to the arrest of this individual, and they should be commended for their investigative efforts. It demonstrates our collective commitment to sharing resources in the goal of keeping Morris County safe.”

Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll also thanks the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Montville Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, East Hanover Police Department, and the Chatham Township Police Department for devoting resources and personnel to the Auto Theft Task Force.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

BACKGROUND ON ATTF

During 2018, 2019, and 2020, Morris County Law Enforcement identified a significant increase in motor vehicle burglaries and thefts within Morris County.  In total, there were 640 motor vehicles stolen in Morris County during this three year time period. As a result of this crime increase, the impact on the community, and the potential for violent crime to be committed during the thefts or additional crimes committed using the stolen vehicles, the Morris County Chiefs Of Police Association, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office devoted investigative resources to develop intelligence and target the individuals responsible for victimizing property owners residing in Morris County. As a result, the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF) was created, which is comprised of local and county law enforcement agencies. The ATTF also works collaboratively with the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force to identify and focus investigative efforts into the organized criminal auto theft gangs that are negatively affecting the quality of life in North Jersey, including Morris County.

The shared intelligence revealed a similar pattern: the individuals targeted towns in Morris County that were upper middle income where they would seek out luxury vehicles to steal. Often, these vehicles were stolen as a result of keys or key fobs left in the vehicles themselves. Other instances occurred where vehicles were unlocked, garage door openers were used, vehicles were stolen from within garages, and other times, the individuals entered homes and stole items of value from within the residences. These incidents generally occur during the early morning hours while the residents are asleep.

Morris County citizens are reminded to remove valuables and keys from their vehicles and make sure the vehicles are locked and secure. Please report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at mknab@co.morris.nj.us or by phone at 973-829-8159.