Hoboken woman charged in stolen stroller spree: police

Rest easy, parents — the case of the Hoboken baby buggy burglaries has been solved, authorities said Friday.

Rest easy, parents — the case of the Hoboken baby buggy burglaries has been solved, authorities said Friday.

Police received reports of five stolen strollers valued at more than $3,000, starting on Nov. 4, from different areas of the city, Lt. Edgardo Cruz said. Some were taken from sidewalks and other times they were snatched from inside buildings.

Detectives Michael Miranda and Adam Colon began investigating the thefts and compiled enough evidence to identify the woman they suspected and the vehicle that she was using in the crimes, Cruz said.

On Nov. 29, while working the midnight tour of duty, Police Officers Michael Straten and Fabien Quinones and Sgt. Keith Rotondi saw a vehicle that fit the description of the vehicle used in the thefts, Cruz said.

The vehicle was pulled over and officers found that the woman behind the wheel, Jacquelin Dunleavy, 40, fit the description of the suspected thief. Dunleavy was issued summonses for illegal parking and driving while suspended and she was allowed to leave, Cruz said.

The information was relayed to the detectives investigating the stroller thefts and hours later Detectives Anthony Hochstadter and Detective Sgt. Jonathan Mecka spotted Dunleavy in the area of Willow Terrace and arrested her, Cruz said.

Dunleavy, of Hoboken, was charged with three counts of burglary and six counts of theft, police said. Police retrieved two of the stolen strollers and returned to the owners, Cruz said. The other strollers have not been located.

 

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