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Fairfield Police Charge Two for Motor Vehicle Burglary

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department has charged two individuals with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary for an incident that occurred on Magnolia Lane on November 17, 2020. Charged were Kahsim Daniels (19) of East Orange, N.J. and a 17-year-old juvenile whose identity was being withheld due to his age. The chronology of events leading up to the issuance of charges occurred as follows:

In the early morning hours of November 18, 2020, Daniels and the 17-year-old juvenile were taken into custody by West Caldwell police officers after the alleged stolen Honda Accord they were driving crashed into a building at the Pio Costa Complex located at 1275 Bloomfield Avenue in Fairfield.

Later that same day, Fairfield police and specifically Detective David Lagan were called to investigate a motor vehicle theft and several burglaries of motor vehicles that occurred on Magnolia Lane, sometime during the late evening hours of November 17, 2020.

On November 19, 2020, Detective Lagan obtained and reviewed security footage that was obtained from Magnolia Lane which allegedly shows a white Honda Accord enter the complex at 11:30 PM. Three individuals then get out of it and begin pulling on parked car door handles. The video allegedly shows Daniels entering a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck and going through its contents. The identified juvenile is seen pulling on several vehicle door handles. The third suspect, who remains unidentified and is still at large, is seen entering a 2018 Honda CRV and starts this vehicle and eventually steals it. Daniels and the identified juvenile then enter the Honda Accord and both vehicles leave the complex and go south on Passaic Avenue towards West Caldwell.

It is alleged that the identity of the suspects was made based upon their West Caldwell arrest photos and the clothing both suspects wearing when they were arrested only thirty minutes after the incidents on Magnolia Lane in comparison as to what was observed on the Magnolia Lane surveillance footage. Additionally, the Honda Accord seen in the surveillance footage appears to be the same stolen Honda Accord that crashed in Fairfield approximately a half hour later.

“This seems like the perfect opportunity to once again warn our residents that these and other predators are in our West Essex communities on a nightly basis looking for opportunities to steal vehicles or their contents. Let’s not give them the opportunity. Lock your cars every night and make sure the keys or fobs are not with the vehicles. If we all do this, these criminals will move on to other places where they can be successful” said Chief Anthony G. Manna.

(It should be noted that the charges against Daniels and the juvenile suspect are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until either pleads guilty or is found or adjudicated guilty in a court of law)

Authorized by: Chief Anthony Manna

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