EDISON—On Saturday, Jan. 30, Edison police arrested four Elizabeth residents in connection with a string of car burglaries at the Menlo Park Mall and surrounding stores, authorities announced today.
Joe N. Medeiros, 34, Andrew Medeiros, 19, Marcos Silva, 28, andJean Medeiros, 28, were each charged with two counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, two counts of theft, receiving stolen property and other related charges, authorities said.
Between Jan. 18 and Jan. 30, a total of 14 vehicles had been burglarized in the Menlo Park Mall, Target and Macaroni Grill parking lots, according to authorities. The motor vehicle burglary crime trend was analyzed through the department’s Compstat initiative to help pinpoint patterns.
Several officers were reassigned from their normal duties and deployed in unmarked units on pro-active burglary surveillance details based on the analysis, according to police. Officers assigned to this detail noted suspicious behavior in the mall parking lot Saturday night.
Police stopped the suspects’ vehicle on Route 1 North between Parsonage Road and Ford Avenue. Following the stop, officers discovered a GPS unit that had been taken from a car parked in the Target parking lot earlier that evening, as well as another GPS unit stolen from a vehicle parked at the mall earlier in the day, according to authorities. Three other GPS units were also recovered.
The suspects were taken to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center, authorities said.
Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said he was very proud of the plan and effort put forward by various members of the police department to effectively combat this recent crime trend issue.
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