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Rutherford police charge man who crashed stolen car during chase in two more vehicle thefts

Photo Credit: Courtesy RUTHERFORD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Rutherford man who crashed a stolen car while being chased by police two months ago was at it again, said authorities who arrested him for stealing another vehicle last night.

After the 2009 Kia was swiped from the 7-Eleven parking lot on Jackson Avenue, Detectives Russell Snyder and Joseph Espinoza went to 11th Avenue in Paterson, a popular heroin neighborhood.

They found the Kia and took 26-year-old Jesse McCallum, who was driving it, into custody, Police Chief John Russo said this afternoon.

McCallum later confessed to taking the vehicle — as well as a 2004 Honda from the driveway of a Union Avenue resident on April 18 , the chief said.

In both thefts, the owners left the cars running.

McCallum was out on bail after taking a 2014 Ford Explorer from the front of a Union Avenue restaurant and leading Nutley police on a brief chase March 31. He eventually crashed on northbound Route 21 and was arrested trying to run away by a Passaic officer.

McCallum remained held on $20,000 bail today in the Bergen County Jail.


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