Police arrested a New York man on suspicion of involvement in a string of Middlesex County burglary offenses following an eight-month investigation during which more than $60,000 of goods were stolen from homes in Piscataway, Edison, and other Middlesex and Union County municipalities.
MyCentralJersey.com reports that the man, a Bronx resident, was arrested on October 6 for thirteen counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and theft. The investigation received a boost in June, when a resident of Edison and a member of the Neighborhood Watch, alerted the police to the partial license plate number of a suspicious looking vehicle. Police conducted surveillance and traced the information back to the New York where the vehicle owned by the suspect was registered. Edison Police, with the help of NYPD and the DEA, followed the vehicle to an East Brunswick home, where the suspect was arrested while allegedly plotting a break-in.
He is currently being held at Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility in North Brunswick on $500,000 bail.
The crime of Burglary occurs when a person breaks and enters into a research facility, structure, or dwelling with the intent to commit a crime therein. State law has also deemed the crime to have occurred if a person surreptitiously remains in a structure when not licensed or privileged to do so. Surprisingly to many, a theft need not actually occur for a burglary to be committed. Rather, the person must simply have the intent to commit a crime when in the structure or dwelling. Burglary is a Second Degree offense in the State of New Jersey punishable by five to ten years in jail, if another is injured during the commission of the burglary, or if a weapon is used. Otherwise, burglary is a Third-Degree Offense in which the Defendant will face a jail term of three to five years if convicted.