FREEHOLD, NJ— A Belmar man has been found guilty of burglarizing the Bradley Beach home of two elderly brothers and fleeing with personal belongings and cash, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Andre Figueroa, 37, who has a prior criminal record, was convicted by a Monmouth County jury on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree theft and fourth-degree resisting arrest in the December 5, 2016 incident.
At about 11:30 p.m. on that day, Bradley Beach Police Officer Andrew Redmond spotted Figueroa, wearing a red headlamp on his head and carrying a black bag, walking out from behind a residence on Bradley Boulevard, according to evidence presented at the trial by Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Emily Cartmell.
Redmond attempted to stop Figueroa, who ignored his commands and fled. After a brief chase, he was caught in the parking lot of Vic’s Italian Restaurant on Main Street, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Redmond returned to the residence Figueroa was seen leaving and found an open window with a fresh footprint. Police entered the home and found two elderly brothers, both in their 90s, unhurt and asleep inside, the prosecutor’s office said.
One of the residents reported that he was missing clothing, his wallet, credit cards, social security card, driver’s license and approximately $3,000 cash. Police then retraced Figueroa’s route from the home to where he was captured and discovered the stolen clothing on the sidewalk containing the items reported missing by the victim, the prosecutor’s office said.
The verdict was delivered after a three-day trial before Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, who is scheduled to sentence Figuoroa on May 18.
Based on his numerous prior convictions for burglary and other offenses, Figueroa faces up to 10 years in state prison and will not be eligible for parole until five years into his sentence. He is represented by Adam Mitchell of Freehold.
TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como is Belmar and Lake Como’s official electronic newspaper. Accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, it is a locally owned news organization serving the community. Our advertisers enable us to publish local online news at no charge. Sign up for our free daily e-News, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.