A Newark man is in custody after running from officers trying to arrest him for a recent burglary and theft spree, police said.
Plainclothes officers spotted Stephen Evans, 26, in the parking lot of a Kirkwood Highway business on Jan. 7.
“They had some spots they were checking and followed him to that business,” said Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
Evans ran but was captured after a brief chase, Rubin said. In the process, he grabbed one of the officers.
Evans was wanted on numerous charges, including two counts of burglary, seven counts of theft, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. He was also charged with offensive touching of a police officer and an additional count of resisting arrest due to his alleged actions Jan. 7.
He was jailed after failing to post $17,600 bail.
The initial charges are related to several incidents on Dec. 8.
The first happened around 4 a.m. Dec. 8 on Choate Street, where the resident awoke to find Evans in his bedroom. Evans said something to the resident before stealing electronics and other items, Rubin said.
An hour later, Evans broke into a car on Chambers Street and stole items, according to Rubin. Police responding to a 911 call attempted to pull over his truck, but he fled the area.
Evans also stole a bike from a garage on North Chapel Street, damaging a vehicle in the process, Rubin said.
Detectives used surveillance footage and familiarity with Evans to identify him as the suspect in all three incidents.
Indeed, Newark Police are quite familiar with Evans, having arrested him at least five times since 2013, according to Newark Post archives.
In January 2020, he was charged with trying to break into a garage on Paper Mill Road after a crime lab identified his DNA on a discarded cigarette butt found at the scene.
In September 2019, he was charged with burglarizing more than two-dozen cars in Newark and then managed to escape from an ambulance while handcuffed and led police on a foot chase before being taken into custody again.
In May 2017, he was charged with stabbing someone during a confrontation outside a home in the 300 block of Paper Mill Road.
In February 2016, he was charged with possessing items stolen in a string of car break-ins in and around the Jenny’s Run neighborhood off Paper Mill Road.
In July 2013, he was charged with burglarizing three buildings on Paper Mill Road, including a church.