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Newark, East Orange Men Charged Following Vehicle Burglary Investigation in Madison

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Authorities announced the arrest three Essex County men wanted in connection with a report motor vehicle burglary outside the Madison Whole Foods.

According to police, on Jan. 5th at 1:55pm, Madison Police dispatched officers to Whole Foods, located at 220 Main Street, for a motor vehicle burglary that had just occurred.  

Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who reported that after exiting Whole Foods to return to her vehicle, she was startled by a male sitting inside of her 2017 Range Rover.  The victim told police that once the male suspect saw her, he abruptly exited her vehicle and got into a black Honda parked directly next her Range Rover.  

The victim reported that the supect vehicle fled Whole Foods parking lot, onto Main Street, in an unknown direction.  The victim reported that the Honda had two additional male occupants inside of it.

Madison Dispatch relayed the description of the wanted vehicle - a black 2007 Honda Accord bearing Virginia license plates - occupied by three males, over a county-wide broadcast.

Police said shortly after, the black Honda was stopped on Route 78 by Chatham Borough Patrolmen Michael Permison and Andrew Pereira, who overhead the broadcast via Madison Police.  All three suspects were taken into custody and transported back to Madison Police Headquarters.  

Authorities charged Asad W. Majors, 25, of Newark, with 3rd degree Burglary to a motor vehicle and Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams; Ronald J. Byrdsell-Jones, 26, of East Orange, charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams; and Franklin L. Aiken Jr., 35, of Newark, charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 grams.  All criminal charges were filed by Madison Ptl. Stephanie Aquino and the three defendants are awaiting their court appearances.

Police would would like to remind everyone to please keep your vehicle’s doors secured when they are unoccupied and remember to remove valuables from your vehicles.