Police Capture Suspects in South Jersey Commercial Business Burglaries
NJ law enforcement recently captured three men accused of committing a burglary spree across Camden County, Gloucester County, and Burlington County.
According to authorities, the three suspects burglarized at least 17 different businesses throughout New Jersey. The theft crimes began in May and only recently ended when police located and arrested the men alleged to have committed the burglaries.
Investigators with the NJ State Police and eight different local police departments have long believed that the same culprits were behind the burglaries because they all followed a similar pattern: the suspects would reportedly smash their way inside a business and then grab cash from the register.
Most of the burglarized businesses were liquor stores scattered across Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County. Authorities caught a break in the investigation when they discovered evidence at a Gloucester Township liquor store that the suspects allegedly robbed. Police used the evidence to identify the suspects.
Once law enforcement located the alleged burglars, a surveillance operation was set up. Police officers tracked the suspects as they went to a carwash in Hainesport. When the three suspects allegedly attempted to rob the carwash, detectives and police officers swooped in and placed two of the men under arrest. The third suspect managed to drive off, but his flight from the scene of the crime didn’t last long: police officers soon captured him driving in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Two of the suspects are from Glassboro NJ and are 18 years old and 20 years old, respectively. Police have not yet released any information about the third suspect.
The suspects face numerous criminal charges in connection with the burglary spree, including multiple counts of burglary, theft of movable property, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. A conviction on even one of the burglary counts could result in severe penalties for the suspects. That’s because the NJ criminal code classifies burglary as a third degree crime that carries a potential punishment of 3-5 years behind bars in New Jersey State Prison.
After being apprehended and arrested, the suspects were taken to the Burlington County Jail. All three suspects were being held at the correctional facility in lieu of various bail amounts.
To learn more, read the NJ.com article, “3 Men Arrested for 17 Burglaries across 3 Counties, Police Say.”
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