Two Newark, NJ men arrested in Stafford, NJ for car theft, third accomplice remains on the run
Two of the three men riding around in a stolen 2021 black BMW SUV were spotted and arrested in Stafford Township, but the search for the third man and the investigation continue today.
Stafford Police said that they picked up the stolen vehicle on a fixed License Plate Reader set up along Route 72 East near the Garden State Parkway around 1:23 am on Saturday and then the BMW SUV pinged on LPRs along Long Beach Island and the Route 72 Causeway Bridge.
The BMW SUV was then seen speeding westbound over the Causeway Bridge leading to a vehicle pursuit by Stafford Police onto Route 72 up until the northbound exit of the parkway.
Police said that they then put down tire deflation devices, AKA "spike strips", on the roadway which ended up damaging the BMW SUV's front tires but that didn't stop the vehicle, the drier kept on going to the parkway before getting off in Barnegat and then back onto the GSP.
It was near milepost 79.6 when the vehicle became disabled, police said, and the three men inside took off.
Stafford Police said that with the assistance of New Jersey State Police, Toms River Police, Beachwood Police, and South Toms River Police, two of the men, Joseph Young-Stewart, 25, of Newark, and Tamir Pitts, 18, of Newark, were then found and arrested later being charged with numerous criminal charges and offenses, and were brought to the Ocean County Jail.
The other suspect who fled the vehicle remains on the run, and his identity is not yet known.