Police charged with harassment after finding tracking device on vehicle, authorities say
An Ocean City police officer has been arrested, placed on administrative leave and faces a criminal charge after investigators say he placed a tracking device on a resident’s vehicle.
Jacob M. Harris, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, allegedly placed the device on a vehicle, which was in a house in the lower township, according to Cape May County Attorney Jeffrey H. Sutherland.
A person at the residence called the police to report that the tracking device had been found. Investigators from the county attorney’s Professional Standards Unit have been looking into the case, along with local police, Sutherland said.
“(The) investigation revealed that this device was connected to Jacob Harris,” Sutherland said in a statement.
Sutherland said Harris was arrested, charged with fourth degree stalking and released on a court summons.
“Harris is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of his criminal proceedings,” the prosecutor said in a statement.
The prosecutor’s office did not name the victim or speculate as to why the officer might have placed the tracking device on the vehicle.
Sutherland asked anyone who may have information about the investigation to contact the Cape May County District Attorney’s Office Professional Standards Unit at 609-465-1135.
Information may be reported anonymously via the Cape May County Sheriff’s Advice Line at cmcsheriff.net and clicking “anonymous advice”. Information can also be called into Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597.