On December 1, 2021, at about 1542 hours, Newark Police responded to the area of Sypherd Drive and Old Oak Road for a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller reported that occupants of the vehicle threw away Amazon packaging in their trashcan and the vehicle was following behind an Amazon truck.
Responding officers located the suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Subsequent investigation revealed new and unopened electronic devices in the vehicle.
Further investigation determined that a package containing electronics had been ordered using the specific name of a victim, and delivered to the victim’s address on Sunset Road, using a fraudulent account opened in the victim’s name. The suspects were then able to remove the package, once delivered, from the victim’s residence prior to the victim being aware that the package had been delivered.
Newark Police arrested the three occupants of the vehicle without incident and transported them to Newark Police headquarters. The occupants were identified as:
They were each charged with one count of Identity Theft and one count of Theft Over $1,500. All three suspects appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and were released on unsecured bail as indicated above.
The Newark Police Department provides various crime prevention tips on our website, including tips to help prevent identity theft and package theft.