Joker helps Ventnor Police find serial car burglar

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Man opening car door

VENTNOR CITY, NJ –  Joker, a K-9 working with the Ventnor City Police Department helped the department find a man who was breaking into cars citywide.

At 11:04 pm, a resident of South Block of Baton Rouge Avenue contacted the Ventnor Police Department reporting a male burglarizing their vehicle. Ventnor City Police Officers responded into the area and confirmed that a burglary to a vehicle had just occurred. K9 Officer Marc Franco Jr. and his K9 partner, Joker, responded to the area and conducted a track searching for the accused. The track by K9 Joker led officers to the South Block of Vassar Square where officers encountered the accused, Malcom Newton, who was actively burglarizing another motor vehicle.

Newton, 34 years of age, from Pleasantville, was taken into custody. Newton was found to be in possession of additional property that was later determined to be proceeds from several other motor vehicle burglaries in Ventnor. The investigation by Officer Alec Fendrick determined that all the vehicles that were entered by Newton were left unlocked. Newton was charged on a warrant with 8 counts of burglary, 6 counts of theft, and possession of burglar tools. He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Residents are reminded to please lock their vehicles.


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