A Newark NJ man has been charged with theft and burglary after he allegedly broke into multiple properties in Jersey City NJ and stole expensive equipment.
According to Jersey City law enforcement, the suspect committed at least three break-ins.
The first theft reportedly occurred on February 21, 2016. Authorities said that the suspect illegally entered a lot on the 600 block of Monmouth Street in Jersey City, NJ and stole a trailer generator valued at approximately $65,000.
The second theft reportedly went down on March 6, 2016. The suspect allegedly gained access to a lot located on the 700 block of Tonnelle Avenue and unlawfully took a trailer generator with a value of roughly $46,000.
The third theft incident reportedly went down on March 13. The suspect allegedly stole a trailer compressor from a lot on the 1000 block of Secaucus Road in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The suspect is a 38-year-old man who resides on Garside Street in Newark. He faces numerous criminal charges, including theft of movable property and burglary.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of theft, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, a person who unlawfully takes property valued at more than $75,000 can be charged with a second degree criminal offense. A conviction for second degree theft could lead to a punishment of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison, on top of heavy fines.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Hudson County Jail. He was being held at the jail on a $50K bail amount.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Newark Man Charged with Stealing $130K in Heavy Equipment from Jersey City Businesses.”