One young adult and one juvenile were arrested for stealing a Grubhub delivery man’s car in Hoboken and driving the vehicle into Jersey City before being caught, police said.
Deveon Palms 19, and a 17-year-old male, both from Jersey City, were charged with theft of a motor vehicle and eluding, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.
On Wednesday at approximately 8:19 p.m., a Grubhub delivery man reported his vehicle stolen.
The victim explained that he was picking up a delivery in the area of 1st and Washington Streets and left his vehicle running and unattended. Then when he returned, his vehicle was gone.
Police Officers Damien Bates, Tyrone Huggins and James Barbro responded to the victim and provided a description of the stolen vehicle. Moments later, Police Officer Francis McCourt located the vehicle traveling westbound in the area of Newark and Harrison Streets.
McCourt pulled behind the car, followed the vehicle onto Jersey Avenue into Jersey City and activated his lights and sirens. The vehicle stopped in the area of 17th and Jersey Avenue and the two occupants exited through the passenger side door.
McCourt stayed with the vehicle and observed the vehicle rolling away. McCourt quickly took action and placed the vehicle into park.
At this time, Lt. Corrado Allegretta, Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski, Dets. Sergeant William Collins, Connor Milne, and Fabian Quinones, as well as Police Officers Marco Grossmann, Jonathan Figueroa, Tyrone Huggins, and James Barbro responded to the scene.
Other agencies, including the Jersey City and Port Authority Police Departments, as well as the Union City Police Department’s K-9 Unit.
As the investigation continued, two suspects were located by Jersey City police. McCourt responded and positively identified the two suspects. They were identified as Palms and the juvenile suspect.
Palms was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility and the juvenile was remanded to a juvenile detention center.
Additionally, the owner of the vehicle was issued a motor vehicle summons for leaving the vehicle running and unattended, authorities said.