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Shoplifter Carjacks Vehicle; Crashes; and Charged with Assault with Auto

PARSIPPANY — On Tuesday, Nocember 12 at approximately 12:30 p.m., ShopRite Loss Prevention personnel observed a male, later identified as Alcides Moreira, 50, Kearny, enter the store and subsequently conceal three beef tenderloins with an approximate value of $162.00.

When store management attempted to stop Mr. Moreira, he fled the scene in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, which officers later determined had been reported stolen to the Belleville Police Department earlier that morning.

As he exited the parking lot onto Route 46 West, he crashed into a 2008 Hyundai Sonata. At this time, the Parsippany Police Department’s Communication Center received a phone call reporting the crash.

While officers were responding the scene, two good Samaritans in a Ford F-350 pickup truck stopped at the scene to render aid. One of the good Samaritans allowed Mr. Moreira to sit in their vehicle, however as he began to walk away, he heard the vehicle engine revving. The good Samaritan attempted to stop Mr. Moreira from stealing the vehicle by standing on the running board and advising him to stop. The suspect refused and the good Samaritan was forced to jump from the moving vehicle to avoid getting injured.

Mr. Moreira fled the area and was involved in another hit and run crash where witnesses advised that he was throwing items out of the moving vehicle. Officers responding to the second crash, recovered a Motorola portable radio and cellphone from the roadway.

The Communication Center broadcasted a countywide stop and hold on the vehicle and the vehicle was located a short time later by Mountain Lakes Police Department Corporal S. Trimble.

A motor vehicle stop was conducted on Pocono Road and he was taken into custody.

Parsippany officers responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. Moreira and transported him to Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Headquarters.

Mr. Moreira was charged with the following by Patrol Officer Dean Spadavecchia:

• 1 count of 1st Degree Carjacking
• 1 count of 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property
• 1 count of 3rd Degree Theft by Unlawful Taking
• 1 count of 4th Degree Criminal Mischief
• Shoplifting, a Disorderly Persons Offense
• Assault by Auto, a Disorderly Persons Offense
• Driving with a Suspended License
• Failure to Observe a Traffic Control Device
• Careless Driving
• Reckless Driving
• Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving Personal Injury
• Failure to Report an Accident
• Abandonment of a Motor Vehicle on a Public Highway
• Delaying Traffic
• Parking on a Highway/Failure to Remove a Disabled Vehicle

Mr. Moreira was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his court appearance.

Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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