CAMDEN, NJ — A homeless man, who investigators tracked to a homeless shelter in Camden, has been charged in connection to three burglaries — including a Collingswood home invasion that left two people hurt and a home on fire — authorities announced Thursday night.
Bernard Miller, 36, is facing a dozen counts, said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey.
Collingswood police released footage of Miller on Tuesday asking for the public’s help in searching for the perpetrator of three burglaries over the weekend.
“After viewing surveillance footage, investigators saw Miller enter the [Camden] shelter Sunday, Feb. 23. in clothing that matched the clothes the man who burglarized the homes was seen wearing Feb. 22,” the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) said in a release. “Further footage showed Miller wearing the distinct multicolored zip-up jacket worn on the footage from inside one of the homes burglarized.”
Miller is being charged with one count of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree aggravated arson, one count of second-degree burglary, one count of second-degree aggravated assault, two counts of criminal restraint, one count of fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, one count of third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and one count of third-degree burglary.
Police said when Miller was discovered at the shelter items from the Feb. 22 burglary on the 400 block of Champion Avenue were found in his backpack.
He was also later positively identified as the man who broke into a home on the 400 block of Virginia Avenue on Saturday, as well as another on the 200 block of Crestmont Terrace the next day, police said.
It was at the Crestmont Terrace home that Miller allegedly attacked a victim, time another up and set the home on fire.
The CCPO said Miller was transported to the Camden County Jail pending a detention hearing.