Atlantic City teens who targeted Ocean County in car theft spree caught, but now what?

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NJ – With New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s new juvenile justice reform policies, there’s literally no longer a deterrence for juveniles not to commit a crime. A gang of teenagers from Atlantic City knows this and they routinely visit towns across southern Ocean County and rob their cars. The ages of the car thieves range from 14 to 18 years old.

The Stafford Township Detective Bureau has charged four individuals for a string of motor vehicle burglaries and motor vehicle thefts that occurred on the 24th and 28th of July 2021. There was a total of 91 charges signed ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property in addition to numerous counts of conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

In late July, those teens hit Stafford Township and four have now been charged. Their fate is uncertain as they are protected by New Jersey’s juvenile justice laws and their names will remain unpublished. Likely, they are planning their next raid, because after all, in New Jersey, equity and fairness come before the pursuit of happiness, law, and order.

The following individuals were charged for crimes occurring on July 24, 2021:

Henry Alvarez, 18, of Beach Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 13 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

A 15-year-old from Monroe Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 13 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

The following individuals were charged for crimes occurring on July 28, 2021:

Henry Alvarez, 18, of Beach Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 21 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

A 15-year-old from Monroe Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 16 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

A 16-year-old from Hamilton Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 13 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

A 14-year-old from Brooklyn Avenue in Atlantic City received a total of 15 charges ranging from 3rd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, and conspiracy and criminal attempts to commit those offenses.

We would like to thank members from the Barnegat Township Police Department, the Atlantic City Police Department, and the Hammonton Township Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.

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