Paramus NJ Auto Theft SuspectParamus New Jersey police recently arrested a Newark NJ man accused of driving a stolen vehicle.

Police made the arrest during the early morning hours. According to authorities, a Paramus NJ patrol cop saw the suspect driving a 2002 tan Honda Accord and weaving across lanes on Midland Avenue in Paramus, NJ. The suspect allegedly crossed over the double yellow line and went into the opposite lane of traffic.

The patrol officer stopped the suspect’s car on Sears Drive in Paramus, NJ.

When the Paramus officer ran a search on the car, she discovered that it had been reported as stolen out of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

A search of the vehicle reportedly led to the discovery of multiple burglary tools, including screwdrivers, pilers, and vise grips.

The 45-year-old suspect, who is from Newark, is charged with multiple criminal offenses, including possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of burglary tools.

If the suspect is eventually convicted on the charges of possessing a stolen motor vehicle, he faces severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, an individual commits auto theft when they take an automobile with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the vehicle. The statute classifies auto theft as a third degree crime, so a conviction could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was moved to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $5,000 bail amount.

For additional information about this case, read the Paramus Patch article, “Man Arrested in Paramus for Driving Stolen Vehicle: Police.”