Resident Helps Police Nab Alleged Car Thieves

The following arrest information was supplied by the Madison Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

Despite being threatened, a Canterbury Road resident called police that helped lead to the arrest of three car thieves,  said.

Ptl. Chad Rybka, with the assistance of Ptl. Kevin Boone and Det. Kenneth Shannon, on Tuesday arrested Vaughanet Torrence, 29, and Ralph Harris, 27, both of Newark, and Louis Walker, 18, address unknown.

According to a statement released by police on Wednesday, a Canterbury Road resident reported several individuals going through his neighbor’s vehicle Tuesday at about 7 a.m.

When the resident confronted them, they threatened him with violence if he did anything, police said. They then fled to a nearby vehicle and departed the area, police said. 

Police said the witness, however, was able to obtain a partial registration for the vehicle and called police. Moments later, Rybka stopped the vehicle on Main Street. Of the three occupants, two males inside matched the description given by the witness on Canterbury Road, police said.

During the motor vehicle stop, numerous items were found that appeared to have been stolen, police said. As officers were on the scene, the Police Department began receiving numerous calls from residents reporting that vehicles had been broken into, police said.

In total, 13 vehicles were broken into and items removed, police said. Additionally, a resident of Woodland Road had two motor vehicles stolen, police said. During the investigation, officers were able to determine the stolen vehicles were taken to Newark, police said. 

Det. Sean Plumstead and Lt. Darren Dachisen responded to Newark and located both of the stolen cars, police said. They were secured and returned to Madison for processing, and subsequently returned to the owner, police said.

The location of the burglaries were Woodland Road, Canterbury Road, Main Street, Park Lane, Dellwood Drive, Magnolia Court and Kensington Road.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming, police said.

The three men apprehended were transported to police headquarters and all charged with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, then taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Detectives are continuing the investigation and will charge each with multiple counts of burglary and theft, police said.

The investigations revealed that a number of these vehicles were unlocked.  Police urged all residents to be diligent in securing electronics in their homes, instead of leaving them in their vehicles. Items such as GPS units are targets for criminals, police said. Police advise not leaving laptop computers or visible change inside vehicles.  All residents are urged to refrain from leaving the keys to their vehicles inside the car.

Residents are encouraged to call the police department when they see or hear anything that is out of the ordinary.

Anyone who has further information or would like additional tips on how to protect themselves and/or their property is asked to call Lt. Jerry Mantone at 973-593-3012.

Madison Station February 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Hmm, so much for the theory that no Rt. 24 exit/entrance would stop the Newark hoodlums from wanting to steal from Madison residents (easy entrance/exit). It looks like they get more brazen every day, willing to drive through Chatham to steal from Madisonian's. There has been a lot of crime this year in town, especially with vehicles being robbed. I'm worried these robberies won't stop at just cars...I'd hate to come home to a burglar in my house. Maybe its time we send a message to the streets and pump up the police force with a couple extra officers on random nights. Another two units cruising the streets, pulling people over, parked at the town borders, cutting off identified burglars, etc., would go a long way to keeping the town safe and sends a message that if you steal in Madison, you will get caught. Also, it may be time to renew or start the neighborhood watch programs. As shown in the article above, neighbors know best when something in their neighborhood doesn't look right.
Madison Station February 16, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Also, congrats to Patrolman Rybka for nailing these hoodlums before they even had a chance to leave town.
Patrick Franklin February 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I know a lot of people that still leave their cars and even homes unlocked in Madison. Bad idea....
tina February 16, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Little do these Hoodlums know, that at least 3 policemen live in the Canterbury Rd area. Come on back, and rob and threaten!
Joe February 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Wow!! Three cops living in the area that knew about the burglaries that were being commited and they needed someone else to observe the hoodlums, that says a lot............


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