YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Using video from not one but several surveillance cameras, Moonachie police followed a suspected car thief street by street, then arrested him when he showed up for work nearby, Police Chief Michael Maguire said.
A local business owner on Willow Street alerted officers to a stolen 1994 Honda Accord left in the area with its steering column and ignition broken open, the chief said.
Reviewing video from several area cameras, Detective James McNeice watched the thief get out of the stolen car, wipe down the outside of the driver’s side door and toss the broken part of the steering column and a screwdriver into a garbage bin.
As it turned out, images were captured by other area cameras – all owned by Secure Watch 24, a security company specializing in video surveillance.
McNeice “tracked the suspect’s movements by going to area businesses and viewing their security footage, essentially following the suspect street by street as he entered Moonachie’s industrial area via Grand Street,” Maguire said.
Suspecting the thief worked in the area, Sgts. Tom Schmidt and Jeff Napolitano and Officer Victor Migliorino set up a stakeout yesterday morning.
Just after 7:20 a.m., they spotted and arrested 25-year-old Michael R. King of Linden on Grand Street.
King, who works at a business on West Commercial Avenue, was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools. He was released on $5,000 bail pending a Municipal Court hearing.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy MOONACHIE PD
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