Morris County officials announce the arrest of an individual suspected in the burglary and theft of a motor vehicle in Mendham Borough. This arrest stems from the continued efforts of the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF), implemented in 2019 to combat the growing trend of auto thefts throughout Morris County.
According to officials, during the month of November 2020, Mendham Borough Detective Christopher Gobbi, with the assistance of the ATTF, investigated an unsolved burglary and theft of a motor vehicle that occurred in Mendham Borough on November 17, 2020.
Through the efforts of this joint task force, led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and supported by the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, Abdul Bryant was identified as a suspect after the stolen vehicle was tracked to East Orange, where Bryant was located inside the vehicle.
ATTF detectives employed a variety of investigative resources to corroborate information received that enabled them to identify Bryant as the person responsible for the burglary and theft. Abdul Bryant, age 24 was charged with the following:
- One count of third-degree burglary;
- One count of third-degree theft; and
- One count of third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.
A motion for pretrial detention has been filed by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and this decision is pending before the Court.
"The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues its commitment to this collaborative, intelligence-driven approach to solving crimes throughout Morris County," Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said. "This coordinated approach of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit, the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force, and the Mendham Borough Police Department led to the arrest of this individual, and they should be commended for their investigative efforts. It demonstrates our collective commitment to sharing resources in the goal of keeping Morris County safe."
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