Car Theft and Burglaries in Maplewood
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • 9:17am
MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The following items were reported by Maplewood Police Department:
October 21, 2013: Burglary; At approximately 930 AM, officers responded to a residential alarm on Park Ave and found an unlocked door. Officers were already in the area looking for a male reported as being suspicious by a resident. On Springfield Ave, Officer Brian Rodrigues observed a male fitting the description given by the caller and stopped the male. He was found to be in possession of CDS paraphernalia, electronics from the home on Park Ave and had multiple open warrants for his arrest. He was identified as 29 year old Justin Sokoloski of Phillipsburg. He was taken into custody and charged with the paraphernalia and burglary. He was later remanded to the county jail.
October 23, 2013: Burglary; During the afternoon hours a home on Van Ness Terr was entered and electronics were removed. Later on October 26th a vehicle was also stolen from the same residence. This vehicle was recovered in East Orange occupied by two adult and two juvenile males. After a follow up investigation by Detectives, 19 year old Khalid Underwood of Linden was charged with burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. .
October 25, 2013: Attempt Burglary; At approximately 1 AM, a resident of Franklin Terr observed a male on their porch attempting to lift the window screen. The male was scared off and fled the area.
October 26, 2013: Stolen Car Radio; During the overnight hours a car parked in the driveway of a Prospect St residence had it’s radio removed.
October 26, 2013: Stolen Vehicle; During the overnight hours a Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence on Maplewood Ave.
All incidents are currently under investigation by the Detective Bureau. Residents are asked to practice good crime prevention techniques and secure their garages and automobiles when left unattended.