Having spent several years in custody for burglary, car theft and credit card fraud, a drug-addicted man of many aliases has been arrested at least three times since July for crimes in three counties. One involved a 10-mile chase in a stolen car that ended on Route 3 in Clifton — prelude to a pursuit Wednesday that left another driver injured after Anthony “Tony” Eli crashed a stolen Mercedes in Rutherford.
If he received consecutive maximum sentences for previous convictions in three different counties, state records show, the 40-year-old Eli would’ve never seen freedom again.
Yet he kept making bail, and breaking into homes — most of the time while driving on the suspended list — ever since a four-year prison stint ended two years ago last week, according to a review of police and criminal records by CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Talk about a no-brainer: After yet another chase involving a stolen car Wednesday morning, the familiar felon was brought to Rutherford police headquarters. It apparently didn’t take long for him to begin confessing to detectives that he’d broken into a host of Pascack Valley homes in what essentially was a triangle: Washington Township, Hillsdale, and Westwood. READ MORE….