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Man arrested twice in a month for stealing money from cars in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) –  A Hackettstown man was arrested twice in a month after police say he broke into two vehicles and stole money.

On September 24, at around 3:40 p.m., police responded to the area of Arthur Terrace for a report of a theft. Through an investigation it was determined that Erik Mitchell, 29, entered a vehicle that was parked in the Hackettstown High School parking lot (599 Warren St) and stole $70.00 in cash, police said.

The victim observed Mitchell stealing from the vehicle and then fled the scene. The victim followed Mitchell and officers then located him on Bells Lane, police said.

Mitchell was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Mitchell was then lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

Then on October 14, at around 12:35 p.m., police responded to rear parking lot of IHOP (200 Mountain Ave) in reference a male that was checking door handles and enter a vehicle. Officers then located the suspect, who was identified as Erik Mitchell, 29, of Hackettstown, NJ, on Bells Lane, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that Mitchell entered a vehicle parked behind IHOP and stole $5.00 in loose change, police said.

Mitchell was charged with burglary, theft, and criminal trespass. Mitchell was then lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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