Home & Garden

Three Arrested From 'James Bond Gang' For Burglaries In Sparta: Police Urge Residents To Call 9-1-1 If They Spot Suspicious Activities

February 15, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Three members of a Bergen County burglary ring known as the “James Bond Gang” were arrested after they broke into and ransacked a local residence. This criminal enterprise has been targeting high end homes in affluent neighborhoods across the tri-state area for years.
Their brazen acts which include breaking down the front doors of homes and tearing alarm systems off of the wall so they could steal, jewelry, cash and anything of value that can be placed in a pillow case.
As these burglaries increased across the region local law enforcement agencies have banded together sharing updated accurate intelligence along with man-power to help bring down this gang.  The Bergen County Multi-jurisdictional Task Force, headed by Lt. Christopher Stefanacci of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office has taken the lead in this effort.
At 6:05 pm, Task Force officials contacted Sparta Township Police Detective Terrence Mulligan to advise that they had obtained information that this gang was preparing to target homes on the west side of our town and were in fact enroute to Sparta, operating a 2012 Chrysler Mini-van bearing Michigan License Plates. Sparta Patrols were deployed in and around certain west side neighborhoods.  Members of the Task Force reported that were also on the way to assist the patrols. 

At 7:40 pm, Officer Joseph Pensado and Det. Keith Hannam observed fresh footprints in the snow going up to the front door of a home located on Greenfield Hill.  The residence appeared unoccupied at the time.  Subsequent investigation revealed that the front door had been forced opened and several rooms had been ransacked. 
Sgt. Jeffrey Mase was positioned on Graphic Blvd when the suspect mini-van passed his location and turned left onto West Mountain Road traveling east.  The sergeant followed the van until it turned right onto Radcliff Drive.  Cpl. Marc Rubino and and Officer Carbery who were posted a mile away were requested by the sergeant as he was preparing to conduct a high risk stop on the vehicle. 
The mini -van had turned around and now was approaching the sergeant’s patrol car.  The sergeant stopped his vehicle blocking the mini-van’s path; the other two patrol vehicles arrived on scene and boxed the van in. Three occupants were removed from the van at gunpoint.
Arrested at the scene were; the driver, 30-year-old Englewood resident Leevan Lawrence, 29-year-old Courry Rice of Hackensack and the alleged reputed leader of the “James Bond Gang” 31-year-old Teaneck resident, Jerry Montgomery.
Members of the task force also on scene included police officers and detectives from the following agencies; Englewood Cliffs, River Edge, Ramsey, Mahwah, Paramus, Harrison NY, Englewood, Teaneck Police Departments and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Detectives from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff Officers from the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene and through out the night as the scene was processed.
A tan colored pillow case containing assorted pieces of jewelry that were later determined to be proceeds from the burglary at Greenfield Hill had been tossed into the woods by the defendants as police closed in, was recovered by members of the task force as they canvassed the area.
All three defendants were transported to the Sparta Police Department where they were processed.  All three were charged with; Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Theft of Movable Property.  Montgomery who resisted arrest at the scene was additionally charged.
All three are currently lodged in the Sussex County Jail. Bail for Lawrence has been set at $100,000.00 no 10 % option and Rice’s bail is $200,000.00 no 10% option.  Montgomery who was currently free on $100,000.00 bail following his arrest in August of 2011 by Sparta Police after he committed burglaries in both Jefferson and Sparta had his current bail revoked and new bail of $500,000.00 no 10% option has been set
Despite this arrest and the current efforts of local Law Enforcement, the criminal enterprise known as the “James Bond Gang” remains intact, active and proficiently dangerous.  The Sparta Police Department urges all our citizens to remain vigilant and report immediately, any suspicious behavior they may observe, by dialing 9-1-1.   This current incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.


Follow The Alternative Press of Sussex County for Sussex County News, as well as The Alternative Press of Sussex County's Facebook Page, for news, and other information.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Sparta Police: Wantage Man Faces Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

December 7, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – A Wantage man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop for an expired registration sticker.  According to Sparta police Shane Dedminicantanio was pulled over on Route 15 after he passed Sparta Cpl. Dan Elig and Police Officer Steve Guido on the Sparta Junction at 11:30 a.m. on December 4.

The officers smelled burnt marijuana while speaking with Dedminicantanio in his ...

Sparta Police: Lafayette Woman Nearly Crashes into Police Car, Faces DWI Charges

SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette woman is being charged with driving while intoxicated after crossing the double yellow line, nearly colliding with a Sparta police car.  On November 28, at 9:50 p.m. Cpl. Rob Fraser and Police Officer Tom Herd were on Main Street near the Goddard School when Diana Agana-Hutchings was seen driving erratically, police report.

The police said they had to take ...

Sparta Police: Third Sparta Man Charged with DWI in One Week

SPARTA, NJ- For the third time in less than a week Sparta Police have charged a Sparta resident with driving while intoxicated.  On November 27. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped a 2015 Jeep, after seeing it being driven down the middle of the road, according to police. 

Christopher Liddle was pulled over for driving completely across the double yellow lines on West Shore Trail at 1:40 ...

Sussex County Legislators vote NO to domestic violence bill

December 5, 2016

To the Editor:

Domestic violence claims at least 2,000 lives each year. Seventy percent of the victims are women. More than half of the time, the weapon used to carry out an “intimate partner” homicide — when a person targets a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or someone with whom they previously had a romantic relationship — is a gun. To prevent intimate partner ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

November 27, 2016

NEWTON, NJ- A Newton High School student traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip over the summer with a group from Sussex County.  Freshman Gemma Meade put together a slide show with photos of her trip to provide a backdrop to a presentation she made to her fellow students.

Meade’s French teacher began celebrating Thanksgiving with her classes on Tuesday and had Meade ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 10, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Roxbury Eyes Little Lake Hopatcong Peninsula, State Says "Go For It"

December 2, 2016

ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township is on the verge of getting its first chunk of lakefront property on Lake Hopatcong, a strip of land that once served as a steamboat passenger platform in Landing.

The first thing it wants to put there: A big Christmas tree.

The state, which owns the half-acre peninsula adjacent to Lake's End Marina, is eager to enter into a ...

Curriculum Currents November Part 3 - Update to the Sparta School District Website

Over the past months, the Sparta School District has been working on plans to update our current website. Working from feedback received in Superintendent Forums and other community meetings, the focus of this update is to provide a site that is more easily navigated, helping our community find important information in a more efficient manner.

The website is scheduled to receive this update on ...

Stuff the Boat on behalf of the Season of Hope Toy Drive

December 5, 2016

The Branchville Fire Department and patrons of local business Off Shore Marine have joined forces to fill a ski boat to the brim with toys to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  The toy drive, driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency along with a consortium of local businesses, schools and organizations, aims to gather 20,000 toys to benefit children in Sussex and northern ...