Attempted Robbery of MMS Student Leads Police Week in Maplewood

by The Village Green
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This week’s Maplewood Police blotter has details on the robbery of a Maplewood Middle School student last week, which The Village Green reported on here.

December 14, 2015; Package Theft; At approximately 1:30 PM a package delivered to a home on St Lawrence Ave was stolen. A black vehicle with no further description was observed leaving the scene and was possibly involved.

December 16, 2015; Burglary; During the overnight hours entry was made by an unknown individual/s to a home on Briarcliff Ct. A purse and laptop were reported stolen from the first floor.

December 18, 2015; Robbery; At approximately 8:50 AM, a 13 year old male was approached by a Hispanic male on Valley St. The male asked for a dollar and then if he could use the victim’s cell phone. When the juvenile replied no, the male threatened to injure him. At this time the victim ran to the middle school and reported the incident. Officers responding to the call were able to locate a male fitting the description of the actor on Prospect St. He was identified as 18 year old Christopher Zapata of Belleville. Following the on scene investigation, Zapata was arrested for the Attempted robbery and was also found to be in possession of CDS(Controlled Dangerous Substance). He was charged with robbery, as well as CDS charges. The victim was not injured.

December 20, 2015; Motor Vehicle Theft; At approximately 4 AM a Ford van was stolen from a business located on Springfield Ave.

The Maplewood Police Department works hard to protect the residents and their property. We are asking that you assist us in this effort by making sure all vehicles and homes are properly secured at all times. Thank you

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