MORRISTOWN, NJ – Abdul Bryant, age 24, has been arrested in connection with a burglary and theft of a motor vehicle in Mendham Borough, announced Morris County Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Morris County Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker, and Mendham Borough Police Chief John Camoia.

The arrest of Bryant,  stems from the continued efforts of the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF), implemented in 2019 to combat the growing trend of auto thefts throughout Morris County.

During the month of November 2020, Mendham Borough Detective Christopher Gobbi, with the assistance of the ATTF, investigated an unsolved burglary and theft of a motor vehicle which occurred in Mendham Borough on November 17, 2020. Through the efforts of this joint task force, led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and supported by the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association, Bryant was identified as a suspect after the stolen vehicle was tracked to East Orange, where Bryant was located inside the vehicle.

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ATTF detectives employed a variety of investigative resources to corroborate information received that enabled them to identify Bryant as the person responsible for the burglary and theft.  Bryant was charged with One (1) count of third degree burglary; One (1) count of third degree theft; and One (1) count of third degree conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office continues its commitment to this collaborative, intelligence-driven approach to solving crimes throughout Morris County”, said Acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll. “This coordinated approach of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Intelligence Unit, the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force, and the Mendham Borough Police Department led to the arrest of this individual, and they should be commended for their investigative efforts. It demonstrates our collective commitment to sharing resources in the goal of keeping Morris County safe.”

Acting Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll also thanks the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Montville Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, East Hanover Police Department, and the Chatham Township Police Department for devoting resources and personnel to the Auto Theft Task Force.

A motion for pretrial detention has been filed by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and this  decision is pending before the Court. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.



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