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Victim's Tip Leads to Arrest of Burglars


EDISON – A three-month investigation into a series of residential burglaries has led to the arrest of a township man and a Piscataway woman, according to police Lt. Anthony Marcantuono.

Detectives from Edison’s Special Operations Group (SOG) have arrested Shadon Baldwin, 25, of Edison, and Nmachukwu “Andrea” Okonkwo, 23, of Piscataway, in connection with seven residential burglaries throughout Edison, police said. More than $38,000 worth of valuables were stolen during the crime spree that began in April of this year.

A significant break in the burglary cases came in August when Edison police received a tip from a burglary victim that stolen personal information had been used to open a fraudulent credit account in that victim’s name, Marcantuono said.

“These two suspects face a litany of charges in connection a rash of burglaries that victimized our residents and violated their homes,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said. “Our detectives did extensive, highly-credible police work that led to these arrests.”

Baldwin is being held at the Middlesex County jail on $250,000 bail. Okonkwo was released from custody after she posted $100,000 bail.

Detectives Steve Todd, Nick Puccio and Matt Lechect compared burglary patterns, followed-up on victims’ statements, conducted surveillance, and worked with the New York Police Department and the U.S. Marshal Service to bring about the arrests.

“Assistance from our residents can be a powerful investigatory tool,” Chief Bryan said. “We appreciate our community's support. We rely on people’s vigilance and their willingness to help us better protect them.”

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Detectives linked the phony credit account to the suspects which ultimately helped solve the burglary spree, the lieutenant explained.

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