TRENTON, NJ -- A West Windsor man believed to be responsible for four residential burglaries in Robbinsville has been indicted in numerous alleged crimes under an additional nine-count indictment returned this week by a Mercer County grand jury.
Billy M. Woodard, 54, is now charged in connection with five additional residential burglaries in Mercer and Middlesex counties according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced. The new charges include three counts of burglary in West Windsor Township and two counts of burglary in Plainsboro Township.
In September 2019, a Mercer County grand jury returned a 55-count indictment charging Woodard with 19 burglaries in West Windsor, four in Robbinsville, six in Princeton, four in Lawrence and two in Hopewell. He was also indicted on many third- and fourth-degree theft charges related to the burglaries.
In almost every single case, the burglaries took place while the residents were at home and asleep.
According to Onofri, West Windsor Township and surrounding jurisdictions were inundated with a rash of residential burglaries between June 2018 and May 2019. A comprehensive and massive investigation was conducted by the West Windsor Police Department’s Detective Bureau, under the leadership of Chief Robert Garofalo, to determine if they were the acts of the same person or persons, and to identify those responsible and apprehend the culprits.
The exhaustive investigative efforts led to identifying Woodard being accused as the alleged lone actor in more than 20 residential burglaries. On May 30, Woodard was apprehended during the commission of a residential burglary in Lower Makefield Township, Pennsylvania. He remains in custody in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is charged with numerous burglaries in that jurisdiction.
“Although Woodard has been linked to 22 residential burglaries in West Windsor Township, the investigation is on-going,” Chief Garofalo said. “The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the WWPD ask residents to continue your vigilance and be observant and considerate to your neighbors. If you feel something is abnormal in your community, please don’t hesitate to contact your local police department immediately.”
Onofri and Garofalo noted that the investigation was undertaken with the support and resources of the West Windsor Police Department; the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU); the Hopewell Township Police Department; Lawrence Township Police Department; Princeton Police Department; Robbinsville Township Police Department; Plainsboro Township Police Department; and the Lower Makefield Township (PA) Police Department.
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