WAYNE, N.J. -- It's that time of year again: An off-duty Lodi police officer led his Wayne colleagues to a 23-year-old township man who they said was following delivery trucks and swiping packages off porches.
It wasn't hard to spot Samer Alabdalrazzag: He was driving a 2003 Mercedes Benz E-Class with a temporary “donut” tire on the rear passenger side, Capt. Laurence Martin said.
The suspect and the older model, blue sedan were also captured on home surveillance video during another theft on Jessica Way, Martin said.
A package was taken from a Baywood Avenue home a short time later -- and another from a Lionshead Drive West residence. The latter was caught on video, as well, the captain said.
Officers Robert Fernandez and Skylar Cauceglia went to Alabdalrazzag's house and grabbed him when a tow truck pulled up with his car (the donut went flat) and he got out of the rig's cab, Martin said.
Proceeds from the thefts were in the Mercedes, he said.
Alabdalrazzag was charged with possession of stole property, as well as with having a small snorting straw with powderly drug residue, the captain said.
Martin reminded residents and merchants to be vigilant during the holiday season, as the number of delivered packages increases.
He also urged citizens to participate in the "Community Share Cam" program.
Alabdalrazzag, meanwhile, was released without bail pending a hearing.