According to police at approximately 1:52 a.m., today, -while on patrol- Officer Jessica Diaz observed two males seated in the front seat of a 2018 Honda that was parked curbside on the 300 block of Seaton Ave.
Police officials say as Officer Diaz approached to investigate, the two males fled on foot into the rear yards on Seaton Ave.
During the investigation, it was discovered that approximately 10 unlocked parked vehicles were burglarized.
Officer Diaz located one of the males who was identified as Raion T. Gales, 20, from Newark hiding in the rear yard of a residence on Seaton Ave where he was placed under arrest.
Police officials say Sgt. John Deegan located a second individual identified as a 17-year-old juvenile male from Newark in the rear yard of another Seaton Avenue residence where he was placed under arrest.
Further investigation led to locating a 2017 Nissan that was parked on Seaton Avenue and Laurel Ave that had been reported stolen out of South Orange two days prior.
Officials say Cpl Brian Swick discovered hiding inside the stolen vehicle, two additional males identified as Jameel F. Lee, 19, from Elizabeth and a 17-year-old male from Newark.
They were also placed under arrest and charged with the following:
Raion T. Gales was charged with 2 counts of (3rd degree) Burglary to a motor vehicle, 2 counts of Theft, and (3rd degree) Receiving Stolen Property (Stolen MV)
Jameel F. Lee was charged with (3rd degree) Receiving Stolen Property (Stolen MV)
The two juveniles were charged with 3 counts of (3rd degree) Receiving Stolen Property (Stolen MV, Stolen Laptop Computer, and Stolen EZ Pass) and 2 counts of Possession of Stolen Credit Cards.
All individuals were issued complaints and were released with a Union County Superior Court date of 9/4/2019.
The Roselle Park Police Department is asking for anyone with information of the vehicle burglaries to contact The Roselle Park Police Department at 908-245-2300 or Detective Dean Khallaf at 908-245-2306.
Chief Daniel J. McCaffery wants to remind residents to secure their personal belongings and lock their car doors, whether day or night in an effort to avoid being victimized of this type of property crime.