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Haworth Police Sergeant Chases, Catches 16-Year-Old Car Thief In Dumont

Sgt. Gianluca Ragone
Sgt. Gianluca Ragone Photo Credit: Contributed photos

HAWORTH, N.J. -- A Haworth police sergeant chased and caught a 16-year-old car thief who authorities said broke into several vehicles in Closter and Harrington Park, taking debit cards and a couple hundred dollars in cash.

Sgt. Gianluca Ragone began following the stolen Mazda just after 3 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Justin Fox said.

"The car was all over the road, so [Ragone] attempted to pull it over," Fox told Daily Voice. "He failed to stop and took off instead."

Ragone chased the car through the White Beeches Country Club golf course and eventually into Dumont, where the Newark teen bailed out on Andover Avenue and tried to run.

The owner's purse was inside the Mazda, reported stolen out of East Orange, the sergeant said.

Police also found the debit cards and cash stolen from several vehicles in the two neighboring towns.

The teen was brought to the Juvenile Detention Center in Teterboro, where he remained held on a delinquency complaint charging him with resisting arrest, eluding, possession of burglary tools (screwdriver, ski masks and gloves) and receiving stolen property.

Haworth police were working with their Northern Valley colleagues to determine whether the boy was involved in a spree of car thefts and burglaries.

SEE: Three vehicles that were stolen from separate driveways in Harrington Park this weekend all had the key fobs inside -- the apparent work of an organized crew that's been victimizing the Northern Valley, authorities said.

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