Sheriff’s office arrests homeless man who stole truck from Jersey City construction site

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The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a homeless man who stole a truck from a Jersey City construction site in Journal Square, Sheriff Frank Schillari announced.

Marquise Harris. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Earlier today, Hudson County Sheriff’s Officers assigned to an off duty traffic detail were approached in the area of Kennedy Blvd and Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City by a member of a construction crew, Statewide Striping,  working in the area who reported that one of their trucks had been stolen, Schillari said in a statement.

The vehicle was taken from in front of the Path Station in Journal Square. With the assistance of GPS in the vehicle, sheriff’s officers were able to track the truck, a Ford F250, to 18th Street and Jersey Avenue.

Within minutes, sheriff’s patrol officers located the vehicle at the Exxon Tiger Mart, located at 854 Jersey Ave., and waited to see if anyone would approach the vehicle. A short time later Marquise Harris was seen approaching the vehicle.

He attempted to leave the scene when he observed officers approaching, ultimately taking him  into custody without incident. Harris initially denied any involvement, but as he was being detained, he blurted out that he wanted his backpack from the truck before they left.

As a result, Harris, homeless, was  charged with theft of movable property, a third-degree charge. He was also charged as a fugitive of justice from New York for multiple charges including grand larceny and criminal mischief.

“This is another example of great work by our off duty traffic details and our patrol units working together to help apprehend and take off the streets a wanted criminal who was continuing in his criminal ways,” Schillari added.