HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 28-year-old city man, a “James Bond” burglar who was previously sentenced to 17 years in state prison and convicted of multiple offenses, has been arrested six months after he escaped from a halfway house.
Hakeem Chance was issued his prison sentence in 2014 after prosecutors convicted him of burglary, eluding and aggravated assault. In October 2019, Chance was remanded to a halfway house for the remainder of his sentence and escaped from East Jersey State Harbor House Half House in March as a fugitive of justice.
Following an investigation into his escape, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad located Chance in North Bergen Friday, arrested him and charged him with one count of escape, a third-degree crime. He was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending transfer to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Chance isn’t the only James Bond burglar from the city. On September 3, three other Hackensack men were arrested and accused of the same type of burglary along with three other men in the region who stole almost half a million dollars worth of jewelry and cash from 30 residential areas in the North Jersey region and throughout the Garden State, targeting affluent homes.