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North Arlington police chase ends with crash, arrests in car thefts

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An overnight North Arlington police chase involving two stolen cars ended with the arrests of two Passaic men with previous burglary convictions.

On the lookout following a series of vehicle burglaries and thefts, Officer Thomas Farrell spotted a silver Toyota Camry with a Mercury GMG 2000 driving together through side streets around 3 a.m.

He tried to stop them, but both took off, Police Chief Louis Ghione told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

The two vehicles split, and Farrell stayed with the Mercury, whose driver lost control on Schuyler Avenue. The vehicle crashed and he bailed out, vanishing into the nearby cemetery.

Sgt. Rui Encarnacao and Officer Lewis Pinto joined the search, along with officers from East Rutherford, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Kearny and a Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

A short time later, they arrested the Toyota driver, 19-year-old Aaron J. Deleon, near the Arlington diner.

Ghioine said Deleon had stolen the Camry out of Clifton after taking the owner’s keys sometime earlier and then returning to the victim’s house.

A couple of hours after Deleon’s arrest, police got a call of a suspicious person and grabbed Omar Hill, 23, near the corner of Ridge Road and Franklin Avenue.

Ghione said he’d stolen the crashed Mercury from near the VFW Hall in Lyndhurst.

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