Pequannock NJ Police Arrest Man After He Admits Stealing Credit Cards and Loose Change from Car
A police officer saw Mark P. Williams standing on the corner of Dogwood Lane and Newark Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains, NJ. The officer turned around for a moment, and when he looked back, Mr. Williams was no longer visible.
The officer eventually found Mr. Williams, who was out of breath and sweating as he walked up a dead-end street.
The officer patted down Mr. Williams and discovered two (2) pockets full of change.
When additional officers arrived on the scene, they retraced Mr. Williams’ steps and found a Capitol One credit card and a Dunkin Donuts gift card lying in the wet grass. Both cards were dry.
Police contacted the credit card owner, who lives in Pompton Plains. This prompted Mr. Williams to admit that he had entered another pickup truck on Park Avenue and stolen several dollars of change from inside the vehicle.
Mr. Williams was arrested and charged with burglary.
In New Jersey, burglary is typically charged as a third degree crime. The crime is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, which prohibits a person from unlawfully entering premises with the intent to commit a criminal offense. If Mr. Williams is convicted of third degree burglary, he may be sentenced to up to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison.
Mr. Williams was released pending an appearance in Morris County Superior Court.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Stole Credit Card, Change from Parked Car, Pequannock Cops Say.“