Police recently arrested three individuals for burglary after a witness reportedly spotted them breaking into a home in Lodi, New Jersey.
According to authorities, the three suspects included two male adults and one minor. The suspects allegedly broke into a residence located on Jackson Place in Lodi, NJ.
A witness reportedly saw the suspects trying to gain entry into the home by smashing in an air conditioner unit window.
Afterwards, the suspects reportedly drove away from the scene in a Chrysler 300. The witness later told police that the motor vehicle had license plates from Pennsylvania.
The witness at the scene contacted Lodi NJ law enforcement, which dispatched officers to the area. When Lodi police officers arrived at the scene, they spoke with the witness and then found the suspects just five blocks away.
The three suspects include a 19-year-old man from Lodi NJ, an 18-year-old man from Little Ferry NJ, and a juvenile. All three suspects were placed under arrest and charged with burglary and criminal mischief.
Two of the suspects, the 19-year-old and the minor, were also charged with marijuana distribution because police officers allegedly found them in possession of several bags of pot.
If the suspects are ultimately convicted on the burglary charges, they face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree crime and carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Witness Helps Lodi Police Catch Alleged Burglars.”