Nutley NJ police recently arrested a man accused of stealing dozens of religious statues from front lawns over the past year.
According to law enforcement, the suspect stole approximately 30 religious statues, as well as other items, from the front lawns of houses in Nutley, New Jersey. The suspect allegedly started committing the thefts on January 1.
The suspect reportedly took the items while residents were not at home. He then allegedly sold them over the Internet on a website called OfferUp. When police arrested the suspect, he reportedly had numerous listings posted on the website.
Among the items that the suspect allegedly stole and sold items that included religious statues, lawn furniture, and planters.
It took police a while to track down the suspect. It was only after receiving an anonymous tip that law enforcement was able to identify and locate the suspect.
After the suspect was placed under arrest, the Nutley police director issued a statement and said that the suspect lived in the same community he was “preying on.”
The suspect is reportedly cooperating with authorities. It is believed that the suspect may have also committed thefts in nearby communities.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Accused of Stealing 30 Religious Statues from Neighbors to Sell Online.”