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3 face burglary charges in Mendham Borough

MENDHAM BOROUGH, NJ (Morris County) – Three Essex County men are facing burglary charges in Mendham Borough.

On Jan 9, at around 1:51 a.m., a borough police officer was notified by a Maple Avenue resident of an attempted burglary into a motor vehicle. The resident’s surveillance video showed a vehicle stop in front of his home and a man exited the vehicle. The man then attempted to open the driver side door of the vehicle and leave the area in the suspect’s vehicle, police said.

A vehicle matching the one seen on the surveillance video, a 2020 silver Chevrolet Malibu rental car with Florida registration, was located stopped at the intersection of Tempe Wick Road and East Main Street, police said.

A second vehicle, later determined to be stolen from Mendham Township, fled the same location at a high rate of speed. A borough officer attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle but terminated the pursuit due to high rates of speed, police said.

The Malibu, which had three occupants, was stopped by Mendham Township police and illegal drugs were located inside the car, police said.

The driver was identified as Samaad Allah, 24, and the two passengers were identified as Kishon Taylor, 24, and David Knowell, 25, all from Newark, police said.

The borough police officer recognized the vehicle from the surveillance video and then contacted the detective bureau. The three occupants were transported to Mendham Township Police Headquarters for processing, police said.

Video surveillance from several homes in Mendham Brough were reviewed and video footage from both Maple Avenue and Bockoven Road showed the silver Malibu and its occupants attempting to enter parked and locked motor vehicles. Mendham Borough police then took all three occupants into custody, police said.

Allah was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Knowell and Taylor were each charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and attempted burglary.

All three were lodged in the Morris County Jail.

“Residents are reminded to remove valuables and keys from vehicles and make sure the vehicles are locked and secure,” police said.

Anyone with additional information or questions can contact Mendham Borough Police Detective Chris Gobbi at 973-543-7827 or

Jay Edwards

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