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Trio charged with stealing from cars at Morris County parks

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with motor vehicle burglaries at Morris County parks, according to Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.

On Monday, October 10, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded at least five multiple motor vehicle burglaries across Morris County parks. The cars were parked in various county parks in Mendham Township, Chester Township and Washington Township, Gannon said.

Then at around 6:45 p.m., the Peapack and Gladstone Police Department in Somerset County, conducted a motor vehicle stop on a suspicious vehicle, Gannon said.

After an investigation, it was determined the occupants of the vehicle were suspects in the burglaries that occurred in the Morris County Parks. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Squad responded to the Peapack and Gladstone Police Department and conducted a follow up investigation, Gannon said.

Through an investigation, it was determined the three occupants, Bennie M. Ogletree of Coral Springs, FL, Travis J. Ward of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Misty M. Stover of Philadelphia, PA were allegedly responsible for the motor vehicle burglaries, Gannon said.

Ogletree, Ward and Stover were each charged with was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree theft by unlawful taking two counts of fourth-degree credit card theft, three counts of third-degree conspiracy, and three counts of conspiracy of theft by unlawful taking.

Stover was additionally charged with third-degree possession, use or being under the influence, or failure to make lawful disposition, fourth-degree hindering apprehension or prosecution, use or possession with intent to use.

All three were then lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.

“The Morris County Sheriff’s Office continues to uphold the safety and the security in the Morris County Parks.  This is a great example of fast police work.  People should be able to enjoy the County Parks on a beautiful day without any worries,” Gannon said.

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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