A man who had been accused of playing a major role in a criminal group that committed burglaries across New Jersey recently appeared in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack NJ and pleaded guilty to burglary charges.
The suspect, a 49-year-old Jamaica NY resident, is believed to be a founding member of a crew known by law enforcement as the “James Bond Gang.” The criminal group was reportedly started in the 1980s.
According to law enforcement officials, the James Bond Gang targeted houses in affluent areas of Bergen County, Morris County, and Somerset County, New Jersey. Between July 2014 and November 2014, the James Bond Gang reportedly burglarized more than 30 residences in these neighborhoods.
During most of these burglaries and thefts, the suspects allegedly used masks to cover their faces, gained entry to the homes by breaking in through the front doors, and fled the scenes in a getaway vehicle.
The Jamaica NY suspect ultimately entered a guilty plea on charges of conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to traffic in stolen property, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Although the suspect could have been sentenced to decades in NJ State Prison if he had gone to trial and been convicted, it is anticipated that Bergen County prosecutors will recommend a lighter sentence at his formal sentencing hearing. According to authorities, prosecutors will recommend that the suspect be sentenced to just five years in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, the suspect will probably be ordered to pay $40,000 in restitution for the theft offenses.
One other member of the James Bond crew also recently pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Member of ‘James Bond Gang’ Pleads Guilty in Burglary Spree.”