MCPO Announces Arrest in Motor Vehicle Theft Investigation
Published on January 24, 2022
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, and Morristown Police Chief Darnell Richardson announce the arrest of Ahjhir Jones, 18, of Newark, New Jersey.
On August 6, 2021, the Morristown Police Department responded to GT Motors for the report of multiple motor vehicles stolen from the automobile dealership. Video surveillance from the area showed multiple individuals entering the business and stealing a total of nine (9) motor vehicles from the car lot. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation responded to the scene and recovered a latent fingerprint, which later matched to Ahjhir Jones. After additional investigation by the Morristown Police Department Detective Bureau and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit, additional evidence was developed linking Jones to the auto thefts at GT Motors to charge Jones with his involvement in the incident.
On January 19, 2022, Jones was charged by complaint-warrant and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.
Ahjhir Jones has been charged with:
- Conspiracy to Commit Theft, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:20-3a, a crime of the second degree.
- Theft by Unlawful Taking, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, a crime of the third degree.
- Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C5-2a(1)/2C:18-2a(1), a crime of the third degree.
- Burglary, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1), a crime of the third degree.
- Criminal Mischief, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3a(1), a crime of the third degree.
- Unlawful Means of Conveyance, violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-10d, a crime of the fourth degree.
This arrest was the result of excellent police work by the Morristown Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit and the Morris County Auto Theft Task Force. Subsequent investigation is being conducted jointly by the Morristown Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence Unit. Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Kelly is representing the State in this prosecution.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite these accusations, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Media inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.