Wildwood car thief arrested after seeing himself on Facebook as a wanted fugitive


NORTH WILDWOOD, NJ – On July 17, 2021 at approximately 4:15 AM, a motor vehicle was stolen from the 200 block of E. 2nd Avenue. The vehicle was unlocked and the key fob to it was left inside. The owner of the vehicle reported it stolen and it was recovered that afternoon unoccupied in North Cape May, NJ.

Further investigation by North Wildwood Police Detectives developed surveillance footage of the suspect and those pictures were posted on the North Wildwood Police Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The suspect, Trey Simpson, saw the Facebook post and turned himself in to North Wildwood Police HQ where he was arrested.Trey Simpson, 21, residing in North Cape May, NJ, was charged with 3rd degree Motor Vehicle Theft. He was placed on a summons in accordance with State of New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform guidelines

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