Car Burglary Arrests

Three Charged in Car Burglary. Last night Oct 30st 2019 at 10:18 P.M. Cedar Grove Police arrested two adults and one juvenile for burglarizing a car on Cedar Street. The incident began when an off duty Cedar Grove Police Officer observed the trio entering an unlocked vehicle parked in the drive way of a Cedar St. residence. After confirming the car had been searched through the information including the last direction of the suspects was broadcasted to all cars. A short distance away Officer Alan Rock and Sergeant Rodriguez located the three suspects walking South on Route 23. They were assisted there by Verona Police. All three suspects initially denied any involvement and provided false names. After further investigation they were arrested for the burglary. Arrested were Christian Fletcher age 19 of Newark, his brother Elijah  Fletcher age 18 of Newark and a 14 year old juvenile also from Newark.  They were all charged with providing false information to police. Christian Fletcher was also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Elijah Fletcher was also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of cocaine that was discovered incident to his arrest. The juvenile was charged with burglary.  Both Fletcher’s were wanted persons and were transported to the Essex County Jail to await a bail hearing. No parent or guardian could be contacted for the juvenile he was subsequently transported to the Essex County Youth House.
“During the course of the investigation officers check cars parked in the adjacent driveways of Cedar Street homes. Many were found to be unlocked. Please remove your valuables including fobs from your cars and lock your car doors”. “All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty”.  Chief J. Cirasa
The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs.  The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.  All reports are investigated and all assistance is appreciated
                                                                                                                        Chief J. Cirasa