BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield police apprehended and arrested two suspects in a series of 'water department' burglaries that took place in Nutley and Bloomfield.
Known as 'diversion burglaries,' one party distracts the victim while the other commits the crime. In this case, the actors stated they were working down the street and needed to gain access to the victim's water As the occupant would lead one person downstairs, all the time thinking the other was outside where in fact they were burglarizing the residence.
After a burglary on Mountainview Avenue in Nutley on Friday February 17, Nutley police obtained video footage of a newer model pickup truck. That footage was shared with police departments in the area.
Bloomfield Police, who were conducting a parallel investigation involving actors and a vehicle of the same description, worked with Nutley to identify 31 year old Michaelangelo Costello and 58 year old Wando Delmaro of Jersey City. Bloomfield Detectives were able to apprehend both suspects and their vehicle. Bloomfield Police made the arrest, charges were filed by the Nutley Police Department in addition to those filed by the Bloomfield PD..
Police believe these suspects are responsible for similar diversion burglaries in the area including ones on Bloomfield Avenue and Union Avenue in Nutley. The investigation that led to the arrests included officers from the State Police RTCC, Nutley, Caldwell, and Livingston.
Editor's Note: Since publication of this story, the Bloomfield Police Department has informed TAPinto Bloomfield that there were errors in the release from the Nutley Police Department regarding these arrests. TAPinto Bloomfield has updated to state that the Bloomfield Police made the arrest and Nutley filed additional charges.
An updated story Bloomfield Police Arrest Suspects in 'Water Department' Burglaries Case is now on TAPinto Bloomfield.