LINDEN — Officers arrested a 25-year-old Union Township man last week after determining that he allegedly used a stolen police radio to contact them and falsely report that he had been robbed.
Detectives arrested Joseph Burlew Jr. on February 6. He is charged with receiving stolen property and was issued a summons pending a court date.
On Jan. 3, Burlew allegedly used a police radio to contact the Linden Police Department and report that he had been robbed at knifepoint in the Aviation Plaza parking lot. Officers responded, determined that no robbery had taken place, and questioned Burlew about why he had a police radio.
According to police, Burlew told the officers that he was a “working EMT,” but police decided to confiscate the radio which is valued at $1,600.
An investigation by Detective Ken Mikolajczyk determined that the radio had been taken from the Clark Township Emergency Medical Services building, where Burlew had been formerly employed. The investigation determined that Burlew was no longer employed there and had no authority to possess the portable radio.
The charges against Burlew are merely accusations. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.