A foot pursuit by Hoboken police ultimately led to a Jersey City man being arrested for breaking into a parked car early Friday morning, authorities said.
Christopher Lanzo, 35, of Jersey City, was charged with burglary, theft, criminal attempted burglary, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and bail jumping, according to Police Det. Sgt. Joseph Leonard.
Friday around 1:15 a.m., members of the Street Crimes Unit – Det. Paul Quinn, along with officers Fabian Quinones and Connor Milne – saw the arrestee pacing back and forth in the area of 1st and Madison Streets, police said.
The arrestee was known by the officers from prior arrests. Quinn and Milne alternated watching Lanzo while on foot. Milne eventually lost sight of the arrestee near some parked vehicles.
About two minutes later, in the area of 56 Madison Street, Lanzo was seen exiting a parked car from the driver’s side. He then walked to the vehicle parked in front of it and attempted to enter by pulling on the door handle while holding a Ziploc bag filled with change, officials said.
The officers at this point stopped the arrestee and the owner of the vehicle broken into was contacted and confirmed that the vehicle was rummaged through and change was missing, authorities said.
The arrestee was charged with burglary and theft for entering and taking change from the vehicle, as well being charged with criminal attempted burglary for trying to enter a second vehicle.
A search incident to arrest also found Lanzo to be in possession of CDS paraphernalia.
While processing the arrestee, he was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Hoboken. His new charges were placed on a warrant and he was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Facility, police said.