The suspect allegedly broke into the stores at the mall around 7:00 p.m. on July 6. The strip mall is located on Route 17 southbound in Paramus, NJ. The burglarized businesses included SuperJuice Nation and Supercuts. Authorities also think that the suspect may have broken into the PetValu store, but there was nothing reported missing from the pet supplies shop.
When store workers notified Paramus NJ police, detectives conducted an investigation.
The suspect reportedly got into the buildings by smashing doors at the store entrances. Once inside the stores, the suspect allegedly broke open the cash registers and took money. The suspect also allegedly got away with a safe that was inside the SuperJuice Nation store.
Paramus investigators obtained store surveillance footage showing the burglaries being committed. Images of the suspect were then sent to law enforcement throughout the state. A Madison NJ police officer identified the suspect after recognizing him as a person of interest in other crimes.
Newark New Jersey police later captured the suspect in connection with unrelated criminal charges. When Paramus authorities were made aware of the suspect’s arrest in Newark, Paramus detectives went to Essex County and spoke with the suspect. During interviews, the suspect allegedly confessed to the burglaries.
The suspect is a 34-year-old man who from Bloomfield NJ. He has been charged with several crimes, including two counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, and theft of movable property.
After being charged with crimes in Newark and Paramus, the suspect was taken to the Essex County Jail in Newark, NJ. He was being held at the jail on a $10K bail amount.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Bloomfield Man Arrested in Paramus Burglaries, Police Say.”