FREEHOLD, NJ — A Belmar man will spend at least four years of an eight-year sentence in prison for breaking into the Bradley Beach home of two elderly brothers while they slept and fleeing with personal belongings and cash, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Andre Figueroa, 37, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley on May 17, making him ineligible for parole until he remains behind bars for at least one-half of his term. Figueroa was convicted in March by a Monmouth County jury on charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree theft and fourth-degree resisting arrest in the December 5, 2016 burglary.
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.
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