Newark NJ police recently arrested a man believed to have been involved in a number of burglaries of local businesses and churches.
According to Newark public safety officials, the suspect committed a series of break-ins in the South Ward and other parts of Newark, New Jersey. At least six properties, including multiple churches, were burglarized by an individual who gained access to the buildings from rooftops.
Newark NJ police officers investigated the burglary spree and eventually connected the suspect to the break-ins.
Once the suspect was identified, a warrant was issued for his arrest and his photograph was put on a “wanted” poster. The suspect was apprehended when a Newark police officer recognized him while walking in the South Ward of Newark.
After the suspect was placed under arrest, Newark detectives began to look into other burglaries in the area and determined that the suspect was responsible for those break-ins as well.
The 44-year-old suspect, who resides in Newark, faces numerous criminal charges, including six counts of burglary and two counts of criminal trespassing.
If the suspect is convicted on any of the burglary charges, he faces severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree burglary could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Newark Police Department is actively investigating the suspect, so it is possible that additional criminal charges could be forthcoming. Anyone who has information about the suspect or any burglaries that he may have committed should call the Newark Police Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Targeted Newark Churches, Businesses during Burglary Spree, Police Say.”