FAIR LAWN, NJ - A 15-year-old juvenile from New York, NY admitted to two Fair Lawn burglaries and another attempted burglary after he was arrested for an incident in Nassau County on February 26, police said.
The incidents in Fair Lawn occurred on February 21 when Fair Lawn Police responded to multiple businesses in town reporting burglaries to their establishments overnight.
The incidents, according to police, include the following:
- New Breed Paintball, 7-05 Fair Lawn Avenue, where the glass had been attempted to be broken to gain entry but was unsuccessful.
- BP Gas Station, 20-11 Fair Lawn Avenue, where a video surveillance system showed a black male enter the business by breaking the glass on the front door with an unknown tool at 3:30 am, take an undetermined amount of cash, cigarettes, scratch-off lottery tickets and state vehicle inspection stickers, then exit the business and leave in a light-colored vehicle.
- Best Cleaners, 22-06 Morlot Avenue, where officers found the glass on the front door smashed with approximately $100 taken from the register.
Fair Lawn detectives were able to identify the vehicle used as a white Dodge Challenger Hellcat that had been reported stolen out of Nassau County, NY, along with a stolen license plate on the vehicle, also reported to Nassau County.
On February 26, Fair Lawn police responded to Nassau County and interviewed a 15-year-old male from New York, NY, after he was arrested by Nassau County Police on an incident in their jurisdiction. The juvenile male admitted to the three burglaries in Fair Lawn. The lottery tickets, inspection stickers and bolt cutters used to break the glass were recovered.
The juvenile will be charged on a juvenile petition to family court in Bergen County with two counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, two counts of theft, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of possession of burglary tools.
Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants, are presumed innocent until proven guilty.