Two Charged in Early Morning Car Theft
Clifton Police arrested two men who allegedly stole a Fair Lawn resident's car Friday morning.
Two men who allegedly hopped into and sped off with a Fair Lawn resident's idling car Friday morning didn't get far before they were apprehended in a nearby community, police said.
Shortly after Fair Lawn police put out a bulletin notifying local police departments to be on the lookout for a stolen red 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Clifton police spotted the car driving on Route 21, police said.
Clifton police stopped the car and arrested its occupants, 21-year-old Delvis Vasquez, of Garfield, and 22-year-old Christopher Duran, of Paterson.
Both men were charged in Clifton with receiving stolen property and released back to Fair Lawn where charges of burglary and theft of movable property were tacked on, police said.
Fair Lawn police said Vasquez and Duran allegedly drove away with the Mitsubishi just after 4 a.m. Friday. The car had been left to warm up outside a 12th Street residence while its owner was inside the house.
From inside the house, the car's owner heard the car speed off and quickly phoned police to report the theft. Fair Lawn police then put a call out to other nearby police departments and within six minutes, Clifton police had spotted the car driving on Route 21 and made the stop and arrests, police said.
After being processed in Clifton, Vasquez and Duran were released to Fair Lawn police, who transported them to Bergen County Jail. Bail for each was set at $50,000 with no 10 percent option.