Stopped in stolen car, NJ trio calls in fake bomb threat

Stopped in stolen car, NJ trio calls in fake bomb threat

WAYNE – A trio of people who stopped outside Willowbrook Mall in what was found to be a stolen car have been arrested after reporting a false bomb threat, according to Wayne Police.

Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, a patrolling officer noticed a Honda Accord with what appeared to be a fake New Jersey temporary registration.

He stopped the car in the Yard House area, a sports bar that’s part of the mall, police said.

As this officer checked the Honda’s registration status, the dispatchers received an emergency call from a cell phone from Wayne.

A woman reported a bomb at Macy’s in Willowbrook Mall and urged a quick police response.

Police were dispatched to deal with the bomb threat.

Police suspected the call could be an attempted diversion and were soon able to determine that it was made from the front parking lot of the Willowbrook Mall near Yard House.

A check of the phone number also revealed that it belonged to the stopped driver of the Honda Accord, which turned out to be stolen.

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All three people in the car were arrested, while a Macy’s security search found the bomb threat to be false.

Shaquanda White, 30, who lives in East Orange, has been charged with receiving stolen property, setting off a false public alarm and using the 911 emergency number.

Cristal Rennie, 29, also from East Orange, has been charged with receiving stolen property.

Newark resident Nashid Wilson, 22, has been charged with receiving stolen property that impeded arrest and possession of a “Legends” prescription drug.

It was also noted that Wilson has multiple outstanding warrants.

White, Rennie and Wilson were all being held at the Passaic County Jail pending incarceration hearings.

Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]

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