According to authorities, the suspect has snuck into several office buildings in the past month and taken a number of wallets. The offices were reportedly located in Millburn, Rochelle Park, and Ridgefield Park.
Police believe that the suspect’s modus operandi is to wait outside a building and wait for an employee to either exit or enter a secured doorway.
The suspect allegedly removed cash and credit cards from victims’ wallets and then went on shopping sprees at nearby malls. Police believe that the suspect got away with a great deal of cash and also made fraudulent purchases totaling thousands of dollars.
According to police, surveillance cameras in the office buildings captured images of the suspect as he made his way through the spaces. Additionally, security cameras at the malls reportedly captured images of the suspect using the stolen credit cards to purchase items.
Police recently released surveillance photos of the suspect. Police also released a description of the suspect, noting that he typically dresses in business casual clothing and was wearing a yarmulke in one of the alleged theft incidents.
If the suspect is apprehended, he could face serious charges, including theft of movable property, burglary, credit card theft, and credit card fraud. Regardless of the amount of cash and property involved, the suspect could be subject to significant penalties because burglary is always classified as at least a third degree felony. If the suspect is convicted of burglary under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, he could be sentenced to 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Millburn Police Department is actively investigating the alleged thefts and has asked that anyone with information about the suspect please contact detectives at 973-564-7017.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Office Trespasser Swipes Wallets, Spends Cash, Police Say.”