According to authorities, the 19-year-old suspect tried to steal jewelry valued at approximately $10,000. The theft incident reportedly occurred at a house located on Vreeland Avenue in Nutley, New Jersey.
Sometime after the incident occurred, the victim contacted local law enforcement. When police officers arrived at the scene, they investigated the theft allegations and eventually determined that enough evidence existed to place the suspect under arrest.
The suspect was charged with theft of movable property, burglary, and criminal mischief. The suspect was also charged with terroristic threats because, while allegedly trying to get out of his handcuffs after being placed under arrest, he reportedly threatened one of the police officers.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the theft charges, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, anyone who steals property valued in excess of $500 can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree theft charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ.
For further information about this case, read NJ.com article entitled “Belleville Man Stole $10K in Jewelry, Broke Handcuffs, Police Say.”