Newark Police have identified a suspect in a series of burglaries and thefts from vehicles that have occurred since June 17th in neighborhoods off of Paper Mill Road, according to Lt Andrew Rubin.
Rubin said in one incident, in the 200-block of Odessa Way, a suspect description was provided, based on security camera footage, that included a male in a distinctive two-toned baseball hat. A Newark Officer who responded to the call observed the male in the area and identified him. However, the security footage had not been obtained at the time of the stop and the male was released as there was no probable cause to arrest him.
Upon further investigation by Newark Detectives, William Stevenson, 30, of Middletown, was identified as the suspect in these crimes, said Rubin. He is the male originally stopped by the Newark officer. Detectives were able to link him to these crimes based on interviews, surveillance footage and other means.
Newark Police have obtained warrants charging Stevenson with the following crimes:
Attempted Burglary 2nd (3 counts)
Tampering with a Vehicle (2 counts)
Criminal Trespass 3rd (2 counts)
Criminal Mischief (2 counts)
These charges relate to attempted burglaries in the 100-block of Cook Way, unit block of Wyncliff Drive and the 100-block of Odessa Way.
Stevenson is known to frequent the Apartments at Pine Brook on Paper Mill Road.
Anyone with information as to Stevenson’s whereabouts is asked to call Newark Police at (302) 366-7111 or 9-1-1.