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Secaucus police bust repeat car thief from Jersey City

23-year-old Tyhaze Williams was nabbed by police on June 23

Tyhaze Williams, image via the Secaucus Police Department.

Secaucus police have arrested a Jersey City man for a number of car thefts and burglaries.

According to police, on June 23 at 2:34 a.m. a resident of Luhmann Terrace called and reported that he observed several individuals attempting to burglarize vehicles. Upon the arrival of Sergeant Stephen Hurtuk, he observed three individuals flee the area on foot.

Sergeant Hurtuk pursued the trio on foot and was able to place Tyhaze Williams, a 23-year-old of Jersey City, under arrest. Other responding police units established a perimeter around the immediate area, but despite the use of Hudson County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Units, the two other suspects remain at large.

At the time of his arrest, Williams possessed property that was stolen from a resident’s vehicle on Grace Avenue that was burglarized. Additional evidence linked Williams to the attempted to burglary of three additional vehicles parked on Luhmann Terrace. Evidence was also obtained that Williams burglarized another vehicle parked on 1st Avenue.

Later in the morning patrol officers responded to the area of Lucht Place, which is a short distance from Luhmann Terrace. Police located a Nissan Pathfinder, Honda CRV and a Toyota Rav4.

The Nissan Pathfinder was discovered to be stolen from North Bergen, on the night of June 22. The Honda CRV was discovered to be stolen from Born Street in Secaucus and the Toyota Rav4 was discovered to be stolen from 2nd Avenue in Secaucus. Both the Honda CRV and the Toyota Rav4 were stolen on the night of June 23.

Also at the time of his arrest, Williams was found in possession of the key to the stolen Toyota Rav4. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be made.

“This arrest was made possible because of the partnership we have developed with the community,” Chief Dennis Miller said. “The resident’s keen eye and reporting of suspicious activity led to an immediate police response. I want to thank the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance, but I also want to laud the efforts of the Night Tour Commander, Lieutenant Thomas Malanka Jr. Lieutenant Malanka has redeployed his manpower and used innovative approaches to address these types of crimes that are occurring during the night to protect our residents’ property while they sleep. Additionally, I cannot stress enough that residents need to lock their car doors to curtail this crime of opportunity!”

Williams was charged with three counts of Burglary, three counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, three counts of Theft, two counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Obstructing of the Administration of Law, and Resisting Arrest. Williams, was lodged in the Hudson County Jail.

Anyone with additional information on these burglaries or if they did not initially report their vehicle was burglarized, can contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201) 330-2052 or detectivedivsion@secaucus.net. These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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