According to authorities, the suspect unlawfully entered a room at the Paramus college and stole a computer. The stolen computer reportedly has a value of roughly $1,900.
When school officials realized that the computer had gone missing, they notified school security, as well as local police. Detectives with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Police Services then started an investigation and were able to identify the suspect as the likely culprit.
The suspect was later arrested without incident.
If the suspect is convicted of burglary, he would be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree burglary charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released on his own recognizance. He will be required to make an appearance in court at a later date to address the criminal charges against him.
The 30-year-old suspect lives in Paterson, New Jersey. He has reportedly worked at the Paramus school as a public safety officer for the last three years.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Bergen Community College Security Guard Accused of Stealing Computer.”