Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department and the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force North (NJSP ATTF) announce the arrest of three juveniles, whose names and addresses are being withheld because of their ages. The arrests occurred on May 1, 2023 and the circumstances that lead to their apprehension are as follows:
Between April 30th and May 1, 2023, several criminal offenses took place throughout the Township of Fairfield involving cars to include the theft of three motor vehicles, the attempted theft of two others, and two motor vehicle burglaries. All of these cases were reported to authorities upon their discovery which was well after they occurred.
With the assistance of video footage provided by some of the victims, Fairfield detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle. This information was forwarded to the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force North. NJSP ATTF detectives, including Fairfield Detective Rick Alves who is assigned to this unit, continued the investigation, and located the suspect vehicle in Newark. They were able to place three juveniles under arrest and also recovered two of the three vehicles that were stolen from Fairfield. Upon their arrests, key fobs from two of the Fairfield stolen cars were found to be in their possession.
One of the suspects was charged by the New Jersey State Police with two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of conspiracy, and resisting arrest. This individual was also charged by the Fairfield Police with five counts of attempted motor vehicle theft, one count of motor vehicle theft, and one count of burglary.
Another juvenile was charged by the New Jersey State Police with two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of conspiracy, and resisting arrest. The third juvenile was charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
“This is a reminder to everyone that the theft of a motor vehicle only takes seconds. Let’s not make it even easier for them by keeping your vehicles unlocked or with the fobs in them. Even though we were able to apprehend these suspects, the reality is that others will be out tonight looking to do the exact same thing” said Fairfield Public Information Officer Stacy Chiarolanza.
“On behalf of Chief Manna, the Fairfield Police Department would like to commend the swift actions of the many detectives from all law enforcement agencies that work on the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force. Their swift actions truly made the difference in these arrests being made and these two stolen vehicles being recovered. This absolutely shows why it is so important for law enforcement agencies to work collaboratively to maximize their success,” said Chiarolanza.
The case is being forwarded to the Essex County Family Court for adjudication.
(It should be noted that the charges against these three juveniles are merely allegations and that theris a presumption of innocence until the matter is adjudicated in family court).
Issued by: Officer Stacy Chiarolanza (PIO)