HACKENSACK, N.J. — A 32-year-old city man is facing charges of burglary and criminal mischief after he allegedly threw a brick into a city store early Friday morning and attempted to take money from the register.
At 3:22 a.m. Friday, city police responded to 99 Cent Dreams for a burglar alarm activation. While approaching the Main Street store, a pair of police officers witnessed an individual dressed in dark clothing walking and immediately radioed patrol officers with a description who then canvassed the area.
An investigation revealed that Douglas D. Simmons, Jr., of Hackensack, shattered the store’s glass door with a brick and attempted to pry the register open. Simmons, who is unemployed, was one block from his residence when a police officer stopped him and observed shards of glass on his sweatshirt.
He was arrested and charged on a warrant for burglary and criminal mischief. He was remanded to Bergen County Jail and is due in Central Judicial Processing Court.
Simmons was identified as the suspect in two other commercial burglaries, and additional charges are likely, police said.
“The quick teamwork of the patrol officers led to the arrest,” said Detective Captain Darrin DeWitt. “A few seconds later, Simmons would have escaped and been safely inside his building.”
City police encourage any witness to a crime or individuals with information on one to reach CrimeStoppers at bergencrimestoppers.org or call 844-466-6789. Cash rewards of up to $1,000 are being offered.