Newark NJ police have identified a suspect in a home burglary committed in May 2015.
According to authorities, the burglary occurred at a residence located on the 100 block of Lehigh Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. When the victim returned to her home, she saw that it had been broken into and burglarized.
The victim walked to her neighbor’s home to dial 911 and notify the Newark Police Department. As the woman walked back to her house, she saw the suspect standing in the driveway. The victim said that the suspect was holding some of her possessions.
Before the suspect fled the scene, the victim was able to use her cell phone to take a photograph of him.
Investigators were able to use the photo, as well as DNA evidence taken from the scene of the burglary, to identify the suspect as the likely culprit. Now an arrest warrant has finally been issued for the 49-year-old suspect.
If and when police are able to apprehend the suspect, he will probably face criminal charges for burglary and theft of movable property.
The penalties for burglary in New Jersey are severe. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree crime. A conviction on third degree burglary charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are still actively investigating the burglary. Anyone who has information about the theft or the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call the Newark Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Newark Burglary Suspect Sought by Police.”