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Couple Found Pushing Stalled Car Burglarized Wayne Motel, Police Charge

Jack C. Bauer, Elena N. Jennings
Jack C. Bauer, Elena N. Jennings Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy WAYNE PD

WAYNE, N.J. -- A couple who tried to make off with items stolen from a Wayne motel were busted after their car broke down as they fled, authorities said.

Elena N. Jennings, 32, and Jack C. Bauer, 28, of Congers were pushing their stalled 2001 Honda in the middle of Hubbardton Road when Officer Gerard Venezia, who'd just left another assignment, spotted them Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Bauer "attempt to conceal a long pair of scissors in the center console" as Venezia approached, Capt. Laurence Martin said.

After Jennings told the officer they'd just left the motel, he looked inside the car -- and spotted a table lamp, a comforter and some towels, Martin said.

Backup Officer Brendan Rigler arrived, and he and Venezia found vape containing hash oil, along with a straw with powderly residue on it, the captain said.

After they took the couple into custody, a manager told them that Bauer and Jennings were spotted wandering the motel, trying to get into rooms, he said.

Bauer also had an outstanding warrant from Ho-Ho-Kus, Martin said.

He and Jennings were released on summonses, pending court hearings, charging them with receiving stolen property and possession of hash and drug paraphernalia, the captain said.

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