WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Police charged a township man with burglary, theft and resisting arrest following two home burglaries early Wednesday.
In both cases, the accused intruder entered through unlocked doors, police said.
Officers responded to Mifflin Street around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday for a report of a burglary to a home. A resident told police he awoke to find a man in his house.
He identified the man as 36-year-old Carlos M. Rivera Jr. He said he pushed Rivera out of the house, called police, then discovered that a cellphone was missing. The burglar apparently entered through an unlocked door, police said.
Another burglary was reported around 3:30 a.m. a short distance away on Center Street. A resident awoke to find a man riffling through a purse. The burglar fled on a bicycle.
Entry was once again made through an unlocked door and a cellphone, laptop and cash were reported stolen. The description of the suspect was similar to that from the first incident, police said.
Three hours later, Patrolman A.J. Greenwald spotted a man matching Rivera’s description riding a bike on Red Bank Avenue near Atkins Avenue.
When the officer tried to stop him, he fled.
Following a foot chase, police set up a perimeter and police K-9 Tazor apprehended the suspect.
In his possession, police found items stolen from the homes.
Rivera was charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of theft, two counts of resisting arrest, and possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia.
He was placed in Gloucester County Correctional Facility only to be released for free on June 9/ 2017 according to jail records, thanks to New Jersey Bail Reform that took place on January 1/ 2017.
Released for free (on tax payers dollars) without any accountability or supervision thanks to NJ Bail Reform.
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