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EBPD Arrests Thief Who Fled on Bicycle

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - While the homeowners were at work last Wednesday, a robbery took place on Old Stage Road.  The keen observation of a neighbor allowed the East Brunswick Police Department to find and arrest the alleged burglar.

According to a report issued Tuesday, patrol units were dispatched to a residence on Old Stage Road for a suspicious person on Sept. 21 at approximately 11:27 a.m. Ptl. Matthew Kole responded to the scene and spoke to a witness who observed an unknown individual jump over the fence and then flee the area on a bicycle. The witness said that the homeowners were at work at this time. 

A rear door and rear window to the residence were found ajar. Once inside, patrol units found the bedroom drawers appeared to have been gone through.

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The suspect was described as a thin Hispanic male, 5'8" to 5'10", wearing a black baseball cap, green shirt, blue jeans and dark sneakers.  The suspect's bicycle was described as a "beach cruiser" type with wide handlebars and white wall tires, said police. 

A short time later, Ptl. David Velez observed an individual matching the suspect's description riding a "beach cruiser" type bicycle on Old Stage Road. He stopped the individual in the area of Bosko Drive and Francis Road. The suspect attempted to discard several pieces of jewelry as Ptl. Velez was stopping him. 

The original witness identified the suspect as the individual she had seen coming from the burglarized residence. Felix Aviles, 57, of New Brunswick, was taken into custody and the jewelry was recovered as evidence.  

Aviles was charged with Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and Theft.  He was transported to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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