By Karen Zautyk
Township police dealt with two shoplifting cases in recent days, both of which ended in arrests, each under somewhat bizarre circumstances.
In the first, Kearny Police Chief John Dowie said, the suspect was apprehended after she exited a moving vehicle on Rt. 21 — with an infant in her arms.
In the second, the alleged thief had to be rescued from a water-filled ditch in the meadows, into which she jumped while reportedly fleeing the cops.
On Friday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m., Officer Sean Kelly responded to the Street Smart store on Passaic Ave. where employees reported that a woman suspected of shoplifting had just fled in a gray SUV, last seen travelling north on Passaic.
The vehicle was spotted at Midland Ave. by Sgt. Peter Gleason, who tried unsuccessfully to stop it and then followed it east down Midland to Schuyler Ave., with the SUV reportedly ignoring traffic signals along the way.
The pursuit, which other officers had joined, continued north on Schuyler, east on the Belleville Pike, through the meadows area to Harrison Ave., west on Harrison and