NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man has been arrested in connection with the theft of his grandmother’s car from a church parking lot.
Arthur J. Garlick, 22, of Wyckoff was charged with stealing a 1999 Lincoln Town Car from the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church on June 3.
Garlick’s grandmother was inside the church as a poll worker on election day, police said. The car was found a week later in Paterson and another man was arrested for having the stolen car, police said.
Wyckoff police were lead to Garlick after interviewing the man in jail, police said.
Garlick admitted to police that he stole the car from the church lot and sold it in Paterson for $200 and $150 worth of heroin, police said.
Garlick lives with his grandmother. Police said he got an extra set of her keys and stole the car knowing that she was inside of the church for the day.
“This crime highlights the ever growing heroin addiction problem recently called an “absolute epidemic” by the Bergen County Prosecutor, said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.
“Sadly, persons addicted will let nothing stand in their way to obtain heroin; even thefts from family members,” said Fox.
Garlick was charged with auto theft of the third degree and released on his own recognizance.
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