EDISON, NJ - Police officers found and arrested a burglary suspect within hours after a Celler Road homeowner reported finding a stranger inside her house when she returned from work.
Officers Nicole Errico and Lisa Cimmino charged Osman Lenia Rodriguez-Bardales, 27, of New Brunswick, with burglary and theft of property in connection with an Oct. 10th break-in at the Celler Road home.
Police were dispatched to the residence after the homeowner said she found an intruder inside her house when she got home from work at 2:15 p.m.
The intruder told the homeowner he thought he had entered a friend’s home, but apparently got the wrong address. He hurried outside and peddled off toward Highland Park on a mountain bike that the homeowner told police she found in her driveway. After the man left, the homeowner realized her bedroom had been ransacked, police said.
While Officer Errico took the victim’s statement and gathered evidence from the scene, including security video from nearby homes, Officer Cimmino canvassed the area and, based on the homeowner’s description, stopped Rodriguez-Bardales near the Stop & Shop supermarket on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park.
Police said Rodriguez-Bardales was in possession of gold jewelry allegedly taken from the Celler Road home when he was taken into custody. He is currently held at the Middlesex County jail.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Rodriguez-Bardales are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.