NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey State Police have arrested three men after troopers linked them to several car thefts and burglaries throughout New Jersey and New York.
In Sept. of 2020, the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit, which is comprised of State Police detectives and members of the Bernards Township Police Department, Warren Township Police Department, Paramus Police Department, Westfield Police Department, and the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, with assistance from the Oakland Police Department and Deal Police Department, began investigating multiple car thefts and burglaries in New Jersey and New York, state police said.
During the three-week investigation, detectives discovered that Jawaun Whitted, 18, Nahji Mayes, 23, both of Newark, N.J., and Darren Troupe Jr., 29, of East Orange, N.J., were in possession of several stolen motor vehicles including a 2019 Audi Q8. Through various investigative means, investigators determined that Troupe was driving the Audi on Oct. 4 in Newark, when he struck another vehicle and injured the driver before fleeing the scene, state police said.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Motor Vehicle Crimes North Unit along with members of the T.E.A.M.S and K9 Units executed search warrants at the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel, in Newark and at a residence in East Orange, state police said.
As a result of the searches, detectives recovered key fobs belonging to multiple stolen vehicles, stolen items from motor vehicle burglaries, marijuana, and $19,646 in cash. Whitted and Mayes were arrested at the Best Western Plus Robert Treat Hotel and Troupe was arrested at the East Orange residence without incident, state police said.
Whitted, Mayes, and Troupe were charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy. Troupe was also charged with aggravated assault. All three were all lodged at the Essex County Jail pending a detention hearing, state police said.