Two Charged in Hopewell Township Jewelry Store Burglary

After a joint investigation with multiple police agencies, Detective Maccaquano from the Hopewell Township Police has charged two individuals with burglary and theft for an incident that occurred at the Freedman Jewelers in Hopewell Township on November 10, 2016.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced this week that two men and a woman have been arrested and charged with participating in a series of jewelry store break-ins that netted them nearly $1 million in stolen goods. The three were arrested and charged on December 6, 2016, following an intensive investigation involving 17 law enforcement agencies.

One individual has been charged with six counts of burglary, another was charged with two counts of conspiracy involving the burglaries at shops in Raritan and Hopewell, and the last was charged with one count of conspiring to commit a burglary at a jewelry store in Flemington. Bail was set at $195,000 and $20,000. The last individual was released on his own recognizance.

During the investigation, it was determined that between June 7, 2016 and December 6, 2016, one of the suspects participated in six burglaries of jewelry stores in Perth Amboy, Raritan, Lawrence, Denville, Flemington and Hopewell. In each of the heists, he broke into stores in the early morning hours and took a variety of jewels and watches valued at nearly $1 million. The individuals were arrested and charged during an intensive investigation in which 17 law enforcement agencies participated.

In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the following law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation: The FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and police departments in Denville, Lawrenceville, Manalapan, Milltown, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Somers Point, Warren, Flemington and Raritan. Also participating were the Delaware State Police and the Wilmington, Del. Police Department.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4054.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against these individuals are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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