By: Richard L. Smith
Authorities in Montclair made a swift arrest of an alleged East Orange car thief who they say stole the keys from a shopper at a CVS in town and then drove away in their car last week.
According to a statement released by Montclair Police officials, on January 3, officers were dispatched to the CVS on Claremont Avenue to investigate reports of a theft.
Montclair officials said when officers arrived, they found the male victim, who reported using the Money Gram machine inside of CVS when he placed his keys down.
After using the machine, the victim said he discovered his keys were missing.
After searching around the CVS, the victim reportedly exited the store, where he discovered that his 2008 Toyota Yaris vehicle had been stolen.
Police say Montclair officers patrolling the area observed the vehicle in the area of Pine Street and Glenridge Avenue.
Units were able to stop the vehicle and arrest Mr. Khalil Holland, 19, from East Orange.
He was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Eluding, and Resisting Arrest.
Charges against Mr. Holland are allegations. He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.