Bloomfield NJ police arrested a teenager who allegedly burglarized a number of local homes.
The 19-year-old suspect is accused of breaking into eight homes over a two-week period.
According to authorities, the suspect targeted houses located on quiet side streets in the south end of the township.
The suspect’s alleged modus operandi was to ring the doorbell and then force his way into the home if no one acknowledged the sound. Police said that the suspect gained access to the homes by forcing open the front doors.
Once inside the houses, the suspect allegedly stole small electronics and jewelry.
Bloomfield detectives investigated the incidents and utilized forensics to identify the suspect. Once the suspect was identified, police moved quickly to arrest him.
The suspect has been charged with several counts of burglary. Each burglary charge carries a potential sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on $50,000 bail.
The Bloomfield Police Department is currently investigating the thefts. If anyone has information about the burglaries or the suspect, please get in touch with detectives at 973-680-4091.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Bloomfield Teen Rang Door Bells, then Broke into 8 Township Homes, Police Say.”