Bergen County, NJ - Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Nicholas G. Torres, 37, of Passaic, for the suspected commercial burglaries in Edison, Maywood, Fort Lee, Oradell, and Westwood.
He was charged with Burglary, Theft, and Possession Of Burglary Tools. The arrest is the result of a three-month investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In May 2019, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad initiated an investigation into a series of burglaries at real estate and doctors’ offices in Bergen and Middlesex Counties, all of which appeared to share the same modus operandi.
On Wednesday, August 7, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office along with detectives from the Oradell, Westwood, and Edison Police Departments, executed a search warrant at Mr. Torres’ residence in Passaic, NJ.
Mr. Torres was arrested in Passaic and charged with four counts of Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, crimes of the 3rd degree, two counts of Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a), crimes of the 3rd degree, one count of Theft, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a), a disorderly persons offense, and one count of Possession Of Burglar’s Tools, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-5(a), a disorderly persons offense.
Mr. Torres was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Friday, August 9.
There are also pending burglary and theft charges for Torres in Middlesex County. Mr. Musella thanked the Westwood, Fort Lee, Maywood, Oradell, Edison and Passaic Police Departments for their assistance in this investigation.
The charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.