Man suspected of stealing $825 worth of packages in Bloomfield is arrested
A suspected thief who allegedly stole more than $800 in packages in Bloomfield was arrested Thursday, police said.
Ronald Allen, 51, of East Orange was arrested Thursday night and charged with two counts of theft, Bloomfield police said in a statement.
“With the name and address of our suspect, Detective Frank Falco and Lieutenant Michael Sisco waited for the suspect to leave his residence, and then made an arrest on Thursday evening,” said Samuel DeMaio, Bloomfield's director of public safety.
Allen had allegedly stolen packages twice in Bloomfield: once in February and another time last week, the statement said. Both times, Allen allegedly stole the packages from victims' porches. The stolen packages were valued at a total of $825.
Using home security footage, police were able to get a description of Allen and sent out an all-points broadcast. East Orange police responded and identified Allen.
“When neighboring police departments work together we are able to solve more cases, more quickly, bringing closure to victims and keeping our neighborhoods safe," DeMaio said in the statement.
North Jersey has been hit with a spate of recent package thefts. In January, Brittany Kiessler of Belleville and Matthew Hemphill of Kearny were arrested on charges they swiped a package off a Newark Avenue porch in December, Bloomfield police said. Much like Allen, the two were caught using surveillance footage.