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Lodi Career Criminal Ordered Held After String Of Garfield Incidents

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GARFIELD, N.J. -- It took only two weeks for a Lodi career criminal to swipe a purse from an employee at Applebee’s, break the window of a liquor store in a failed burglary attempt and snatch a $650 iPhone from an AT&T store, authorities said – only this time a judge ordered that he stay locked up until his cases are resolved.

Detective Sgt. Thomas LaMantia identified 30-year-old Ryan Morgan as the River Drive AT&T store thief, Capt. Darren Sucorowski said Wednesday.

Morgan was freed without bail after Garfield police charged him on June 6 with grabbing the purse of an employee at the Passaic Street Applebee’s and bolting on a bicycle .

LaMantia later discovered that Morgan had failed to get into All Nations Liquors on Passaic Street around 2:20 a.m. May 29 after throwing a large rock through the window, Sucorowski said.

LaMantia spotted Morgan walking Tuesday afternoon on River Drive and took him into custody without incident, the captain said.

He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief for the attempted liquor store break-in and theft from the AT&T store.

Morgan remained held without bail in the Bergen County Jail.

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