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Police Blotter: Stolen Audi Recovered in Newark

Arrest information is provided by Millburn Police Department and does not indicate a conviction.

The Millburn Police Department responded on Monday night to The Mall at Short Hills on a report of a stolen car. When they got there at 8:05 p.m., a Livingston resident told them his 4-door black Audi was stolen from parking area D-2 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

Police also three vehicle burglary cases and several shoplifting cases in the last week, as reported in this week’s blotter:

  • Vehicle burglary: On Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m., the Millburn Police Department responded to an Addison Drive resident on a report of a vehicle burglary. The owner of a 2010 Lexus reports his vehicle was burglarized in December 2011 and he never reported it to the police. Taken at that time were keys to the vehicle. The owner believes that the perpetrator of the December crime returned and unlocked the vehicle between 11 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 10 a.m. Jan. 30. A laptop computer, a backpack, sunglasses and a cell phone were taken from the Lexus.
  • Drug possession: On Jan. 3 at 2:19 a.m., Officer Collin McMillan of the Millburn Police Department pulled over a 1985 Toyota in the area of Route 124 and Farley Place for a loud muffler. The investigation resulted in the arrest and charging of 19-year-old James Lawrence of Wharton, NJ, for possession of a control dangerous substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Upon processing, Lawrence was released pending his court hearing.
  • Shoplifting: On Feb. 1 at 1:45 p.m., the Millburn Police Department responded to Neiman Marcus at The Mall at Short Hills on a report of a detained person. The police investigation resulted in the arrest of Natasha Stuart, 26, of Philadelphia, Penn., on charges of using a fraudulent credit card to attempt to make a purchase of a $3,900 handbag. Stuart was arrested, processed and released pending her court hearing.
  • Vehicle burglary: On Feb. 2 at 8:36 a.m., a Rahway Road resident reported during the previous overnight hours someone entered his unlocked 2000 Volvo and stolen a GPS unit.
  • Vehicle burglary: On Feb. 2 at 10:55 a.m., an Undercliff Road resident reported during the previous overnight hours someone entered her unlocked 2008 Toyota ad stole more than 100 children’s DVDs.
  • Shoplifting: On Feb. 2 at 4:55 p.m.,  the Millburn Police Department responded to Neiman Marcus at The Mall at Short Hills on a report of a female being detained. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Jametria Morton of Newark, on charges of with shoplifting $383 in miscellaneous clothing. Morton was processed and released pending her court hearing 
  • Shoplifting: On Feb. 4 at 4:05 p.m., the Millburn Police Department responded to Saks Fifth Avenue at The Mall at Short Hills on a report of a man being detained. The police investigation resulted in the arrest of Shakir Davis, 19 of Irvington, being on charges of shoplifting – concealing two sweaters with a total value of $590 and trying to exit the store. Davis was processed and released pending his court hearing. 
  • Shoplifting: On Feb. 5 at 2:42 p.m., the Millburn Police Department responded to Victoria Secret at The Mall at Short Hills. The police investigated and  searched the mall for the suspect, arresting 44-year-old Bernadette Griffin of Newark, on charges of attempting to shoplift various items from Victoria Secret, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. In addition, various criminal warrants were found from Elizabeth, NJ, and Bridgewater, NJ. After being charged and processed, Griffin was turned over to Elizabeth Police Department.
Joanne Smythe February 08, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Wonderful, a 2010 Lexus left unlocked with the keys inside. The criminals then returned to the township a month later (possibly many times in between) to check the vehicle, and succeeded in stealing its contents. This is not random crime, these are persistent, "smart" criminals exploiting the foolishness of township residents, whose carelessness brings more crime into town, and to their neighbors. No worries neighbors, keep leaving your homes pitch dark at night (inside and out), and leaving expensive presents for criminals. We are only minutes from one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country, WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Thirty Four February 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Beside problems with owners, can the PDs of nearby towns get their act together to have a task force on car and home burglaries? This week, a carjack in Livingston and multiple car burglaries in Millburn. Multiple cases of both car and home buglaries in the past several weeks and months. We have talked about shared services, why can't our PD work with other towns to address this? What about starting by equipping a bait car and taking turns to put the bait in each town? We are an easy target partly because of the owners and also our PDs which don't seem to be visibly proactive. 
Joel February 08, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Thirty Four...Patch and other local publiciations had previously printed articles about a task force which already exists with other nearby police agencies to address this problem. ALSO, THE SHORT HILLS ASSOCIATION IS SPONSORING A COMMUNITY MEETING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH AT 7:00 P.M. AT THE MILLBURN LIBRARY WHERE THE POLICE CHIEF WILL BE ON HAND TO ADDRESS THIS TOPIC.

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