SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka announced Tuesday 10 additional charges to burglary suspect arrested by Edison police In October. The suspect, allegedly responsible for numerous South Brunswick residential burglaries dating back to last December, began breaking into homes in South Brunswick just before and after Christmas of 2013.
“I want residents to know that we follow all leads to solve crime no matter the how long it takes,” said Chief Hayducka. “In these cases, it took nearly a year and a cooperative effort with several law enforcement agencies to put the pieces together that led to the arrest.”
Detectives have charged Felix Bruno, age 32 of the Bronx, N.Y. with 10 burglaries to homes in South Brunswick from Dec. 12, 2013 to Aug. 1, 2014. The Edison Police linked Bruno to roughly 50 burglaries throughout Middlesex County and Union counties.
South Brunswick detectives learned that Bruno had been using rental cars to avoid detection over the past year. Police learned of Bruno’s travel in central New Jersey and coordinated with Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN) to sort through data on his movements. Based on the data and an iPad recovered in the Bronx that was stolen from one of the homes.
A majority of the residential burglaries took place during the nighttime/dusk hours. The suspect used rear slider doors as entry points by either moving the door off track or smashing the glass. The suspect targeted jewelry and electronics in master bedrooms.
Bruno was charged with breaking into homes on the following streets on the dates below;
- December 12, 2013 - Markus Drive
- December 27, 2013 - Raleigh Road, Hastings Road, Henderson Road
- January 8, 2014 – Starling Road, Calvin Road, Roberts Street
- June 20, 2014 – Matthew Avenue, Matthew Avenue
- August 1, 2014 – Oakey Drive
“Edison Police developed a break in the case, East Brunswick Police provided additional leads, and the NYPD added their assistance. This is a text book case of multiple agencies sharing real time information and putting the pieces together to catch the suspect,” said Hayducka.
Hayducka specifically recognized Edison Detective Steve Todd, East Brunswick Detective Joseph Bauer, and South Brunswick Detectives Mike Pellino and Dennis Yuhasz for their hard work and perseverance in solving the cases.
Bruno is currently being detained in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center on $500,000 bail.
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