Rahway Police Community Outreach Initiative Results In Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Door hangers like this one are part of the Rahway Police Department's enhanced outreach efforts (Courtesy of the Rahway Police Department)

Door hangers like this one are part of the Rahway Police Department’s enhanced outreach efforts (Courtesy of the Rahway Police Department)

RAHWAY – As a result of increased community outreach efforts, officers from the Rahway Police Department were able to quickly arrest and charge two suspects in a house burglary on Murray Street on Oct. 4. Rahway.

Police Officer Michael Twerdak and Detective Thomas McComb arrested Elliott Greene and charged him with burglary. Officers canvassed the area and alerted neighbors of the incident. With the assistance of the residents in the community, officers and detectives were able to quickly identify suspects and make an arrest.

Witnesses reported seeing a black man running from the back yard of a residence that was burglarized. The suspect was seen getting into a white minivan driven by a white man. Residents in the area reported seeing the van circling the area prior to the burglary. The driver of the vehicle has been identified, and is scheduled to turn himself in the presence of his attorney, police said.

“Rahway Police Officers did an excellent job canvassing the neighborhood, and speaking to residents about the incident. The increased community outreach by the Rahway Police Department helps to deter, and in this case solve, crimes. The citizens are often the best source of information. It’s great that the community and the police department are able to work together to keep Rahway safe”, said Mayor Sampson Steinman.

As part of their increased community outreach initiative, the Rahway Police Department is utilizing “door hanger” tags to notify residents of important incidents. The door hangers, available in both English and Spanish, alert residents that the police are investigating an incident or suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

Chief John Rodger reminds residents that it’s crucial that residents call immediately if they observe something out of the ordinary. “It’s important for the community to realize that they are our eyes and our ears. If you see or hear something suspicious, don’t wait. Call the police and we will investigate.”

Residents can call the police department “TIPS” Line, a confidential hot line, at 732/ 388-1553 with information about crimes and suspicious activities. They can also email neighborhoodwatch@rahwaypolice.com.

The charges against Greene are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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