Hoboken’s alleged stroller swiper apprehended

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Hoboken police arrested city resident Jacquelin Dunleavy, 40, on Thursday for allegedly stealing baby strollers totaling a value of over $3,000.

According to a press release from the Police Department, on Nov. 29 at 6:09 p.m officers arrested Dunleavy and charged her with three counts of burglary and six counts of theft after nearly a month-long investigation.

On Sunday, Nov. 4 a report was filed at police headquarters of a stroller taken from an address on the 700 block of Grand Street, the first of five reported stroller thefts made from different areas of the city. In total, the value of the five strollers taken was over $3,000.

After investigating the incidents, Detectives Michael Miranda and Adam Colon were able to compile enough evidence which pointed to the vehicle used in the thefts.

On Thursday while working the midnight tour of duty, Officers Michael Straten, Fabian Quinones, and Sargent Rotondi saw a vehicle they believed to match the description given by the detectives.

Upon conducting a motor vehicle stop, the officers also believed the driver matched the description of the suspect.

They identified her as Dunleavy and allowed her to leave after giving her a summons for illegal parking and driving while suspended. They forwarded her information to the detectives as a possible person of interest in their stroller investigation.

After detectives confirmed the suspect’s identity they began their search for her. At about 6 p.m., Detective Anthony Hochstadter and Sargeant Johnathan Mecka located the vehicle in question in the area of Willow Terrace. The vehicle was occupied by the alleged suspect wanted in connection with the stolen strollers. She was placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.

At headquarters, the detectives were able to link her to the other reported cases of the allegedly stolen strollers. They were also able to retrieve two of the strollers and returned them to the owners. The other strollers have not yet been located.

Dunleavy was released with a court date.

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