April 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Sparta Police are continuing their investigation into an early morning Burglary today where an intruder broke into an occupied home. At 6:11 am, a resident on Whispering Woods Lane called 9-1-1 to report that her home was being burglarized and the intruder was still in the home.
Whispering Woods Lane is a high end neighborhood that is located at the northern end of the township near both the Ogdensburg and Franklin Boro borders. Police from Sparta, Ogdensburg and Franklin responded to the scene. Initial investigation determined the following; Point of entry was made through a basement window. In the home a mother and her three children were in upstairs bedrooms sleeping. The father had just left for work.
The mother was awoken by noise downstairs. She then left her room to ascertain the problem. When she approached her staircase she made eye contact with the intruder who was dressed all in black and wearing a hoodie seatshirt. He was standing in the foyer of the home. The mother then called 9-1-1. The intruder attempted to exit the front door but was unable to unlock it. He ran through the house and exited through rear sliding doors which he broke off the runners to get out of the house.
When officers arrived on scene the intruder had fled. Shift Commander, Sgt. Jeffrey Mase established a perimeter in and around surrounding neighborhoods and saturated the area with officers. The homeowner was able to give a good physical description of the intruder as well as the clothing he was wearing. A short time later, Officer Scott Elig was driving on Butternut Way approximately ¼ of a mile away from the scene. He observed a male dressed all in black running up a driveway.
The officer confronted the man identified as 24-year-old Mark A. Cordero. Cordero was in his own driveway but he was sweating profusely and breathing heavy. Cordero who first gave the explanation that he was looking for his lost basketball, then became agitated and made several incriminating statements. He was then placed under arrest and brought to police headquarters for processing
Cordero was then interviewed by Det. Sgt. Terrence Mulligan. At the conclusion of this interview, Cordero has been initially charged with; Burglary and Criminal Mischief. Additional Charges are pending.
Cordero who also resides in Ridgefield New Jersey where he has ties to the Bloods Street Gang. He is currently awaiting trial in Bergen County after his arrest by New Jersey State Police in Newark on March 15, 2012 for; Robbery, Criminal Restraint and Theft and an August 20, 2012 arrest by Patterson City Police for Possession of Narcotics and Failure to Give a Controlled Dangerous Substance to Police when ordered to do so. He is also faces a Simple Assault Charge out of Sparta Township following a Domestic Violence Incident. Cordero also has $2,000.00 in outstanding Traffic Warrants. He is to get his appearance in Sparta Municipal Court at 1:30 pm today.
Editor's Note: Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.