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South Brunswick: Area Man Helps Lead Police to Car Burglars

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Crash vehicle Credits: Courtesy of South Brunswick Police Department
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Two North Brunswick teens were captured by police after their vehicle crashed off Route 27 in Princeton, according to police.  

Mohammad Farooqi followed Mwanza Fitzpatrick and Jose Rosado both age 18 of North Brunswick after Farooqi observed the two suspects breaking into his car, according to police. 

South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka says Farooqi helped police stop a two-day crime spree. Hayducka says Farooqi acted after he saw his car being broken into, according to a statement. 

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"Mr. Farooqi got in his personal vehicle and attempted to get the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle," Hayducka said in a statement. "His efforts went above and beyond and led to the suspects capture."

According to an alert from police, the incident began at 3:30 am Thursday morning when police were called to a car burglary in progress on Kimberly Court. 

Police say as officers were responding they were notified that the suspects had fled in a vehicle followed by the homeowner. Minutes later police were told the suspect's vehicle had crashed off Route 27 in Princeton, according to police. 

Officer Jason Gassman and Officer Brooke Labell arrived and found Fitzpatrick and Rosado outside the crash vehicle.

During a police investigation, it was determined that the suspects had broken into a half dozen cars over the past two nights. Police say they found, jewelry, cash, and a laptop that had been stolen.

Fitzpatrick and Rosado are being charged in connection to six car burglaries on Kimberly Court, Creekside Court, Dunston Lane in South Brunswick, police say. The suspects were released on a summons pending their first court appearance.

Police say in addition detectives from neighboring towns are investigating the suspects’ connection to several additional car burglaries over the past several days.

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