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Morris County Auto Theft Task Force arrests suspect in car burglaries in several Morris County towns

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Authorities have announced the arrest of a Connecticut man suspected in motor vehicle burglaries in several Morris County municipalities, acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said.

The arrest stems from the joint efforts of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit, the Boonton Township Police Department, the Chester Police Department, the Kinnelon Police Department and the Rockaway Township Police Department; in conjunction with other multiple law enforcement agencies from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, whose combined efforts identified an individual who had committed numerous burglaries and thefts in the tri-state area, Carroll said.

Patrick Ryan, 31, of Fairfield was arrested in the early morning hours of January 24, 2021 in Rockaway Township. At the time of his arrest, Ryan was found in possession of stolen proceeds and is implicated in several motor vehicle burglaries and attempted burglaries in Rockaway Township from over the weekend of January 23 and January 24.

Ryan was charged with thirteen counts of third-degree burglary to a motor vehicle, seven counts of third-degree attempted burglary to a motor vehicle, one count of third-degree theft from a motor vehicle, one count of third-degree theft, four counts of fourth-degree theft, one count of fourth-degree theft from a motor vehicle, one count of disorderly persons offense theft, four counts of disorderly persons offense theft from a motor vehicle, and two counts of disorderly persons offense criminal mischief.

Ryan is currently in the custody of the Morris County Correctional Facility, in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.

Ryan has also been charged with related offenses in Sussex County and Connecticut.

Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll thanks the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Boonton Township Police Department, Chester Police Department, Kinnelon Police Department, and Rockaway Township Police Department for devoting resources and personnel to this investigation.

Jay Edwards

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