A Lodi NJ man was arrested after allegedly attempting to break into a parked vehicle in South Hackensack, NJ. Authorities later connected the suspect with several other burglaries and theft crimes committed throughout Bergen County, New Jersey.
South Hackensack police placed the suspect under arrest around 2:30 a.m. The South Hackensack Police Department received a call about a suspicious man in the neighborhood and sent police officers to the area. When police officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly came across the suspect in the process of committing a car break-in.
A South Hackensack police captain later said that the suspect was caught “in possession of six car batteries, which are believed to be from break-ins that occurred in other jurisdictions.”
The 31-year-old suspect, who lives in Lodi, NJ, has been charged with multiple crimes, including eight counts of burglary and eight counts of theft of movable property.
If the suspect is eventually convicted of the most serious charges of burglary, he would face severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree burglary could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was transported to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail on a $10,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Lodi Man Charged with Stealing 6 Car Batteries, Cops Say.”