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Police Try to Stop Suspected Shoplifter Speeding Through Downtown

Officer pulls gun on car headed for him; car swerves and gets away.

Police in downtown Millburn this afternoon attempted to stop a car that they believed was making a getaway from a shoplifting incident at The Mall at Short Hills.

At 2:19 p.m. today, Nordstrom’s employees saw a white male leave the store with a leather jacket and get into a burgundy Toyota Tercel and drive away.

A bulletin was put out and possible vehicle matching the description was observed by Millburn Officer Glenn Ostlund on Lackawanna Place near Millburn Avenue.  Officer Ostlund assisted by Officer William Laverty attempted to stop the vehicle at the intersection of Millburn Avenue, according to Millburn Police Lt. and PIO Peter Eakley.

At that time, without warning, the driver left at a high rate of speed and went down Millburn Avenue in the wrong direction towards Main Street.  Directing traffic on a normal traffic post was Officer Collin McMillan. Eakley said that McMillan, realizing the dangers to the pedestrians, cleared the  intersection, drew his gun and pointed at the renegade driver.

The driver aimed his vehicle directly toward McMillan and at the last second veered off onto Main Street southbound, Eakley said.  A search of the area was conducted, but it is believed the suspect escaped over the bridge into Springfield, Eakley said.

Pedestrians, shoppers and employees in Starbucks saw the officer pull the gun and a car speed away.

The Millburn Police Department is investigating the case.

 

MarkDS December 14, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Quite a day in Millburn today.
zima December 14, 2011 at 09:21 PM
Officer McMillan, Please pull the trigger next time.
Millburn1863 December 14, 2011 at 09:57 PM
DM You idiotic self-serving person. It wasn't a chance, it was a motor vehicle stop. The bad guy took off on the cops and they never went after the guy, as is their training, when there is a danger (like going the wrong way down a street). So stop making assumptions. Support your police
F Crisp December 15, 2011 at 03:16 AM
Where does it say that the police chased the car from the mall? It says a bulletin was put out and the cops downtown observed the car coming through and tried to stop it.
mom December 15, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Millburn needs to warn citizens about all dangerous situations in a timely manner. Madison,Morristown (to name just two) use Nixle to communicate issues via text, email, etc. www.nixle.com This comes in handy for weather-related issues, traffic accident issues, and emergencies. Millburn Township really ought to step up with this.
Steven December 15, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Based on the time and the fact that the intersection at that hour tends to be crowded with kids getting out of school, we're fortunate that no shots were fired and that there was no incident with the car (a crash, someone getting run over, etc.).
Jay Bee December 19, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Do the Millburn Police Dept. and Millburn Township use www.nixle.com to communicate with citizens?
Laura Griffin December 19, 2011 at 06:30 PM
No. They use a Reverse 9-1-1 system.

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