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Township of Washington Police Apprehend Car Thieves after Foot Chase Through Township

the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Twp. of Washington NJ,  on Saturday September 18, 2021 at approximately 2:30AM, Officers from the Township of Washington Police were responding to a report of suspicious persons in the area of West Place. The Officers observed a silver colored Jeep Wrangler leaving the area with two occupants that matched the description of the reported suspicious persons. Officers turned their patrol vehicles to check the Jeep as it traveled west on Manhattan Avenue. The driver and passenger of the vehicle suddenly jumped out the Jeep and ran while the vehicle was still in motion and heading towards Pascack Road. The Jeep continued moving until it struck a utility pole on the side of road. Officers immediately ran after the driver and passenger. The driver, Shyhiem Clark, a 24-year-old male from East Orange NJ, was apprehended while hiding in a garbage can in area. The passenger, Lamar White, a 27-year-old male from Paterson NJ, was apprehended in a wooded area at the south end of Hudson Avenue. The passenger suffered an arm injury from the fall when he jumped out of the moving vehicle. He was transported to New Bridge Medical Center for treatment. The vehicle was identified as stolen from a driveway on Manhattan Avenue. The Jeep’s owner confirmed the vehicle key fob was in the vehicle at the time of the theft.

Shyhiem Clark was charged with:
2C:29-2B – Eluding
2C:29-1A – Obstruction
2C:20-3A – Theft
2C:20-10B – Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance
39:4-96 – Reckless Driving
39:3-10 – Unlicensed Driver
39:4-129B – Leaving the Scene of an Accident
39:4-130 – Failure to Report an Accident
Lamar White was charged with:
2C:29-2B – Eluding
2C:29-1A – Obstruction
2C:20-3A – Theft
2C:20-10B – Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance
The Township of Washington Police, under the direction of Chief Richard Skinner, would like to thank the Hillsdale Police Department, the Paramus Police Department and the Westwood Police Department for their assistance.
Chief Skinner would like to remind residents that key fobs should be removed from vehicles when they are parked or not in use. Failure to do so can result in theft and/or potential serious injury to innocent people and Police Officers.
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