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NJ.com has reported that Mercer County as a whole but more importantly Trenton has been dealing with a rash of car burglaries over the last several months. Based on the increase in crime, the City of Trenton has been deploying more and more resources in an effort to apprehend the individuals responsible for the car burglaries and it seems like they made they first major arrest last week. Officers Yusef Addar and Dionaldi Rodriquez were on patrol in East Trenton when they noticed an individual who matched the description of a suspect wanted for questioning for some of the recent burglaries. Based on their observations the officers pulled over the suspects vehicle. Upon speaking to him, they determined that he was in possession of marijuana and he was placed under arrest. A search of the motor vehicle was later conducted and it revealed that the defendant was in possession of several cell phones, coins, a small flashlight, and an emergency glass-breaking tool.
Facing a Car Burglary Charge in Trenton?
Upon further investigating the incident, the officers charged the defendant with twenty-two counts of burglary and twenty-two counts of theft. The defendant was most likely taken to the Mercer County Jail where he awaits a detention hearing. During this hearing the prosecution will be seeking to convince the Judge that the defendant must be detained pretrial, without bail, pending trial. Burglary is a third degree indictable offense in New Jersey. Anyone convicted of a third degree indictable offense will be facing up to five years in State Prison and a fine up to $15,000. Unlike burglary, theft is one of those hybrid offenses, meaning it can either be considered a disorderly persons offense or a fourth, third or second degree felony. The dollar amount of the loss will dictate what degree of theft an individual is charged with. For more information on theft offenses, including the breakdown in the degrees, please click the link.
Need a Lawyer for Car Burglary Charge in Mercer County
Based on the facts that have been released at this point in time it appears that the Defendant might have a potential suppression issue, first with the initial stop of the motor vehicle and then with the subsequent search of the motor vehicle after he was placed under arrest. If you or a loved one has been placed under arrest and charged with a crime in Mercer County the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. If you would like to speak to one of our criminal defense attorneys today about your options please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. We serve all of Mercer County, including towns like Hamilton, Ewing, West Windsor, East Windsor, Princeton, Trenton and Hightstown. If you have any questions whatsoever please do not hesitate to contact us. As always, out initial consultations are free of costs.
For more information on this incident, please checkout nj.com’s article labeled Cops bust man they say was burglarizing vehicles. He’s charged with 22 so far.