Morris Township New Jersey police arrested a man who allegedly tried to steal tires from a local Jeep dealership.
The Morris Township Police Department received a security alert about a theft at the Beyer Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, which is located at 200 Ridgedale Avenue in Morristown, New Jersey.
According to officials, surveillance cameras showed a man in the process of jacking up and then removing tires from several vehicles in the dealership parking lot.
When police officers arrived at the scene a short time later, they saw two Jeeps with missing spare tires. Additionally, the lug nuts from the tires on a third Jeep had also gone missing.
Police officers from departments in Morris Township, Morristown, and Hanover investigated the possible theft. Police canvassed the area and eventually found the suspect by tracking a set of footprints in the snow. When police located the suspect, he was allegedly hiding behind a business on East Hanover Avenue.
The 38-year-old suspect, who is from Newark, was placed under arrest and charged with numerous criminal offenses. Among the most serious criminal charges faced by the suspect are burglary, theft of movable property, criminal mischief, and defiant trespassing.
The suspect was also charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice because he allegedly attempted to flee the scene when police officers closed in on him.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of burglary, theft, or criminal mischief, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree burglary charges can potentially result in a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Tried to Steal Tires from Morris Township Car Dealership, Police Say.”