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South Orange Police Blotter: Rash of Stolen Vehicles, Car Break-ins Reported

Arrest information was provided by the South Orange Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Three vehicles were stolen and seven more car break-ins were reported to South Orange police.

On South Kingman Road, a resident reported her 2003 Chevrolet was taken from her driveway sometime during the overnight hours of April 20.

On Warren Court, a 2002 Dodge was taken from the resident’s driveway sometime between April 21 and April 22.

A Mountain Lakes resident reported his 2002 Jeep was stolen from the Rescue Squad parking lot adjacent to Third Street sometime between April 16-April 17.

An attempted theft was reported in the parking lot across the Rite Aid located on South Orange Avenue. The victim reported that sometime April 18-April 19, the rear passenger window to her 2002 Jeep was broken and that someone attempted to steal the vehicle by breaking the ignition cylinder.

South Orange police also reported a rash of car break-ins and criminal mischief to vehicles.

A Vose Avenue resident reported the passenger’s side window of her 1992 Chevy was smashed between April 18-April 19.

On Hamilton Road, a resident reported damage to the rear passenger window to her 2007 Jeep during overnight hours of April 18. The vehicle was parked in the victim’s driveway.

An Irving Ave. resident reported the theft of GPS units from his 2004 Honda and 2011 Cadillac. The cars were parked in the road in front of the home when the theft took place during the day on April 18.

A teacher at South Orange Middle School reported that the sunroof of her 2011 Mitsubishi was smashed while parked during the daytime hours of April 16 in the school's lot adjacent to the loading dock.

On Audley Street, several residents reported their unlocked vehicles were broken into during the overnight hours of April 12.

A Garmin GPS unit was taken from a 2007 Toyota. A laptop bag containing school books was taken from a 2006 Honda, then dropped on a neighbor’s lawn. The glove box of a 2003 Hyundai was ransacked but no items were reported stolen.

In other police reports, a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on April 20 for possession of an alcoholic beverage while in Grove Park.

Two other juveniles were arrested on April 21 after officers observed them to be in possession of alcoholic beverages while hiding behind a store adjacent to Sloan Street.

A burglary was reported at the T-Mobile store on Sloan Street on April 14. Officers responding about 2 a.m. to an active burglar alarm discovered that someone had gained entry by breaking a pane of glass on the front door. A Samsung Galaxy tablet was reported stolen. The Detective Bureau is investigating the incident.

Also on Sloan Street, an employee at Starbucks said that the front door lock was tampered and damaged during the overnight hours of April 15.

Michael Afronte, 28, of Randolph, was arrested on April 21 for harassment after an officer observed him at the main train station located on Sloan Street. Afronte was arrested for harassment stemming from an incident which occurred while he was employed at the Eden Gourmet and involved another employee.

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