Police in Riverdale NJ found a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Wayne NJ and then allegedly set on fire.
According to authorities, a 28-year-old man stole the car from two female employees at a gentlemen’s club in Wayne, NJ. The theft reportedly occurred sometime around 3 a.m., when the employees refused to give the suspect a ride in their Chevrolet Impala.
The suspect, who is said to be a regular customer at the gentlemen’s club, asked the women for a ride after leaving the club. When the women refused his request, he reportedly attempted to get in the women’s car anyway.
At some point, the women had to return to the club so that they could get their belongings. When they did so, they apparently left the car running. By the time the women returned to the parking lot, both their car and the suspect were gone.
Wayne New Jersey police investigated the reported theft and obtained security footage from the club. The surveillance video footage allegedly shows “clear” images of the suspect getting into the vehicle and driving off.
Approximately an hour and a half after the theft, police located the vehicle in Riverdale, New Jersey. According to law enforcement, the vehicle had been burned and left on South Corporate Road.
Police knew that the suspect lives in Riverdale, so they were able to quickly locate him. A Wayne New Jersey detective then placed the suspect under arrest at his residence.
The suspect was charged with auto theft and issued a citation for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
The suspect has not yet been charged with arson. However, Morris County authorities said that they are looking at the burned vehicle and continuing to investigate the possible arson.
After being arrested and charged with the auto theft offense, the suspect secured his release from police custody by posting $5,000 bail.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Stole Car After Gentleman’s Club Workers Wouldn’t Drive Him Home.”