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On Friday, July 21, 2017, numerous vehicle burglaries were reported to the Secaucus Police Department.  In total, twelve (12) vehicles were reported to have been burglarized after 4:00 am in the area if Second Street. During the initial police response, patrol and detective division personnel worked collaboratively to process each vehicle for evidence and conduct a canvass of the area.  As a result, surveillance footage was obtained from several locations that captured the group of, what appeared to be juveniles, committing the burglaries. 

On July 22, 2017, shortly after 3:00 am, Police Officer Michael Bronowich was intensely patrolling the area plagued with vehicle burglaries the night before. Near Pandolfi and Golden Avenues, he observed what appeared to be a large group of juveniles, walking between cars utilizing flashlights. Police Officer Michael Bronowich discovered that several of the juveniles appeared to fit the profile from the surveillance footage. Nine (9) juveniles, both male and female, ranging in age from 13-17, were taken into custody.  A 15-year-old female juvenile was later taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn for her role in the burglaries.  Some of the juveniles were wearing the same clothing they had on the night before while committing the burglaries.

The juveniles were all French Nationals on a Summer Camp Retreat and were staying at the Red Roof Inn in Secaucus with adult guardians. The group collectively went out for walks whereby they committed the vehicle burglaries.  Further investigation led to the recovery of some of the proceeds from the burglaries on July 21, 2017.  All the vehicles burglarized were left unlocked, therefore, Chief Flaherty reminds all residents to be sure to lock their vehicles to reduce the ability to commit this “crime of opportunity”.  

All ten juveniles were each charged with twelve (12) counts of Burglary [2C:18-2a] and twelve (12) counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary [2C:5-2/2C:18-2a].  Three (3) juveniles were each additionally charged with three (3) counts of Theft [2C:20-3a] and one (1) juvenile was additionally charged with Receiving Stolen Property [2C:20-7].   All the juveniles were ordered to be released to their guardians, but their passports have been seized and they are due in court on July 24, 2017.

 

These charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Anyone with any additional information regarding the vehicle burglaries is asked to contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201)330-2052 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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