Millburn Police arrested a suspect in two thefts that occurred in Taylor Park on March 17 and March 18. In the first, a man reported to the police that his black North Face backpack – containing a wallet, cell phone and other valuables – was stolen while he was playing basketball. In the second incident on March 18, a 15-year-old boy reported that a black male had stolen his I-phone from him.
On March 20, the Union Police Department arrested Naquan Fairley on a warrant after he was observed walking out of a Union pawn shop, counting money. After questioning the shop owner, police learned that Fairley had just sold an I-Phone matching the description of the one stolen from the teenager in Taylor Park on March 18.
Police also found a North Face backpack in Fairley’s possession, which matched the description of the one stolen on March 17. The Union PD advised the Millburn Police about the arrest. After interviewing Fairley, Millburn Police Officer Edward Delafuente charged him with two counts of Theft.
The second arrest involved weapons and drug possession. On the morning of April 3, Officer Anthony Catinella pulled over a white GMC Jimmy on Millburn Avenue traveling east past Main Street with an expired inspection sticker, cracked driver side mirror and obstructed license plate. While checking the license and registration of the driver, Dechantel Seymour, the officer discovered marijuana in the car.
Officer Catinella placed both Seymour and a passenger, Auvil Mattis, under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. When the suspects stepped out of the car, the officer noticed a black “Muscle Man” 100,000-volt stun gun and a folding knife in the door pocket. Seymour was also later charged with Weapons Possession.
It was later found that Seymour was driving with an expired license and her vehicle was uninsured.