Police: Armed Robbery in Memorial Park, Flasher on Yale Street

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Three incidents stood out in the most recent Maplewood Police report:

  • A man walking through Memorial Park just before 11 p.m. on Sept. 19 was approached from behind and knocked to the ground by three men, said Sgt. Christopher Black. One of the men displayed what the victim believed to be a handgun before stealing his backpack and fleeing, said Black. The man walked to police headquarters and reported the incident.
  • A Yale Street resident reported seeing a man with his genitals exposed in the resident’s backyard at around 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 17, said Black. The man ran away upon being spotted. He is described as a dark-skinned black male about 5’8″ tall, with a slightly muscular build, wearing light blue jeans and a red belt. Officers responded to the area and conducted an extensive yard-to-yard search, said Black, but were not able to find any suspects. Detectives are investigating the incident.
  • Maplewood Police arrested two men for allegedly tearing a chain off a woman’s neck in the Extra Supermarket parking lot shortly after 5 p.m. on Sept. 18. The men then ran toward Kerrigan Blvd in Newark, said Black. After an intensive investigation by the Detective Bureau police arrested Leonard Larue, 49 of Newark and Joseph Johnson, 45 of East Orange. Both men were also charged with an identical incident that happened on September 3, Black said. Police confiscated the vehicle used in both incidents.

Here is the rest of the blotter:

September 16, 2014; Theft from Motor Vehicle; At approximately 1245 AM, an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a Boyden Ave home was entered and change was stolen.

September 16, 2014; MV Theft; Between 1 and 230 PM an older model Honda Accord was stolen. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

September 19, 2014; Theft from Motor Vehicle; A resident of Boyden Parkway South reported that between 12 and 3 AM a work ID was stolen from his unlocked vehicle.

September 20, 2014; Burglary Attempt; at 6:40 PM a male attempted to gain entry to a residence on Jacoby St. No entry was made.

September 21, 2014; Burglary; A residence on Laurel Ave was entered during the daytime. The owner returned home to find a door open, but did not observe anything missing at the time of the report.

September 21, 2014; Thefts from Motor vehicles; During the overnight hours, an unlocked vehicle on Oberlin St, on Boyden Ave and on Tuscan Rd were entered. A variety of items including a wallet were reported stolen.

September 22, 2014; Thefts from Motor vehicles; During the overnight hours, an unlocked vehicle on Plymouth Pl, Boyden Ave and Valley St were entered. A variety of items including a charger and change were reported stolen.

September, 25, 2014; Burglary; During the daytime hours, a residence on Irvington Ave was entered. Sneakers and other items were reported stolen.

September 25, 2014; Theft from Motor Vehicle; A GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle parked on Elmwood Ave. A short time later 25 year old Andy Teron of Irvington was stopped by patrols. He was found to be in possession of the stolen property and was arrested.

September 25, 2014; MV Theft; Between 6 and 9 AM a Jeep Liberty was stolen from the driveway of a Forest Rd residence. The vehicle was later recovered in Newark.

September 27, 2014; Burglary; During the overnight hours an unsecured home on North Crescent was entered and a purse stolen from a first floor table. The purse was later recovered missing cash.

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