On August 29, 2019, at just before 6:00 in the morning, Newark Police officers responded to the 500 block of Christina Mill Drive in reference to an unknown suspect removing a bicycle from the porch of the victim’s apartment during the overnight hours. Several hours later, officers responded to Timberline Drive for the report of several cars being entered and property removed from within the vehicles.
It was later determined that a Newark Police officer conducted a crime prevention check of a male identified as a Christopher Hunter in the area of Timberline Drive on the date the thefts occurred, prior to their report, according to Newark Police. Officials said that Hunter was positively linked to the thefts from the motor vehicles and was in possession of the stolen bicycle at the time of the stop. Arrest warrants were obtained, however, his location was unknown at the time.
On October 14, 2019, Hunter was stopped in the area of East Main Street. Police said during the stop, Hunter was found to be in possession of another stolen bicycle, was wanted on outstanding warrants for the aforementioned thefts and was charged with receiving stolen property for possessing the bicycle stolen from Christina Mill Drive at the time he was stopped.