NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Just hours after police arrested a Flemington man hiding in a snow bank, saving him from hypothermia after he broke into a South Brunswick liquor store, North Brunswick police charged him with trying to break into a pharmacy in that town, police said.
According to North Brunswick police, George Pescavage, Jr., 47, of Flemington tried to break into the Quick Aid Pharmacy on Milltown Road just after midnight Sunday.
Police went to the pharmacy regarding calls of an attempted burglary and found the rear door with signs of an attempted forced entry.
Officers then located Pescavage, who fit the description of the suspect provided by witnesses, across the street in the Brunswick Shopping Center.
Upon investigation, officers learned that Pescavage was the person that attempted to break into the pharmacy and recovered physical evidence tying him to the crime, police said.
According to police, Pescavage admitted that he tried to break into the pharmacy.
The arrest comes just days after he was charged with breaking into a liquor store in the South Brunswick Square Mall on Route 1 and then hiding in a snow bank in freezing temperatures until discovered by police.
He allegedly broke into Viking Liquors around 1:45 a.m. Friday.
South Brunswick police said that Pescavage smashed the glass front door of the store and took liquor, lottery tickets, cigarettes and a lighter.
Police responded to the store when the alarm went off and searched the business, but the suspect was not inside.
The owner of the store went to the scene and showed officers security video of the break-in, showing Pescavage taking the about $650 worth of items from the store, police said.
About a half hour after responding to the burglary, Officer Mike Urstadt was patrolling the shopping plaza and saw Pesavage’s head from behind an eight-foot snow pile.
According to police, Urstadt approached Pescavage and discovered two bags at his feet containing the stolen items.
Police said that Pescavage had frostbitten hands, bleeding hands and his clothing was soaked from being in the snow pile for 45 minutes.
Pescavage told Urstadt he had walked to town from Princeton in the frigid weather before hiding in the snow pile.
Officers arrested Pescavage, charging him with the liquor store burglary and criminal mischief.
The Kendall Park First Aid Squad took Pescavage to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of hypothermia and lacerations from the break-in.
“The man was saved by being arrested. The freezing temperatures had already started to lower his body temperature when officers located him,” South Brunswick Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said in a press release. “The officers’ fast response and detailed search resulted in locating the stolen items and saving this man’s life.”
Pescavage was processed and remanded to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, where he was eventually released.
He reportedly told North Brunswick detectives that even he couldn't believe that he was released after just four hours in that case.
He was again transported to Middlesex County Corrections by North Brunswick police, but said that if he is again released so soon, he will commit a similar crime to get by, police said.