Bloomfield, NJ- The Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau investigated a theft that
occurred on 8/16/2019 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 50 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield, NJ. The
suspect is observed pulling into the church parking lot in a black Chevrolet Tahoe at
approximately 6:33 p.m. He then enters the church and rips the top of a donation box out of the
wall and pried open a candle donation box. The suspect stole approximately $75 in cash from
both of the boxes.
Detectives investigated this theft and gathered evidence from video surveillance footage
and vehicle information. They identified the male suspect as Carlos Ruiz 47 years of age from
Pennsauken, NJ. An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest.
On 8/21/2019 members of the Bloomfield PD Fugitive Apprehension Team responded to
Ruiz’s address in Pennsauken, NJ and he was taken into custody. He was transported to
Bloomfield PD HQ and charged with Theft and Criminal Mischief. He was then transported to
the Essex County Correctional Facility and has a pending court date.
The above was a press release from the Township of Bloomfield Division of Public Safety