There was a report of an altercation at a business near Adams Street and Ferry Street. According to witnesses, the 46-year-old suspect shoved a worker to the floor. When another worked chased the suspect, officers in the vicinity noticed the scene and offered assistance.
Officers subdued the suspect and then spoke to witnesses at the scene. The officers learned that the suspect had allegedly stolen a person’s wallet at the scene. According to authorities, the police officers found the victim’s wallet on the suspect.
During the subsequent investigation, members of the Newark police robbery squad interviewed the suspect. The suspect allegedly confessed to the crime and admitted to having committed a series of thefts in the preceding weeks and months.
The suspect allegedly committed three burglaries at businesses in Newark, New Jersey. The businesses were located on the 100 block of Ferry Street, the 100 block of Wilson Avenue, and the intersection of Barbara Street and Niagara Street. The suspect also allegedly told police that he had smashed glass at a café near Lafayette Street and Jefferson Street in Newark.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of burglary. He has also been charged with robbery and criminal mischief. If the suspect is convicted on the burglary charge, he could be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is a third degree criminal offense and is punishable by a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Police are investigating the suspect for other crimes in Harrison NJ and elsewhere in the state. As a result, it is possible that he will face additional criminal charges.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Virginia Man Charged with Burglary Spree in Newark’s East Ward.”