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Two-Timer: Cops Bust Burglary Suspect Twice Within 24 Hours at Same Location

Amadou Ba, 30, of Philadelphia faces two charges of 3rd degree burglary and other charges in connection with 2 burglary incidents in Franklin Township. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Police say a Philadelphia man returned to the scene of the crime a second time within 24 hours following his arrest and appearance before a judge, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Amadou Ba, 30, of Philadelphia faces two charges of third-degree burglary and other charges, according to Robertson, who provided the following account:

Franklin Township Police say they were notified of an activated burglar alarm at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday from a business on Route 27 in the Princeton section of the township. Police responded and spotted the suspect standing inside the business.  Police ordered the suspect to come outside, but he disappeared from view.

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When backup officers arrived, they made entry into the business and found the suspect hiding under a truck. The suspect was in possession of cash from the register as well as two sets of keys for vehicles that were being worked on in the business, according to Robertson.

Ba removed a window to gain entry to the building and once inside, he removed the alarm panel off the wall in an attempt to silence it.

Ba was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and theft, both disorderly persons offenses. He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending what would be his  first court appearance that afternoon after which he was released from custody. 

Franklin Police received a call at 1:17 May 4 reporting a suspicious person at the same Route 27 business. The officers that handled the call on May 3 responded and saw the suspect through a window. Police say he ran to the rear of the building.

The manager of the business was contacted to open the door with a key. Once inside, police found Ba seated in the rear office, according to Robertson. He was taken into custody without incident. He was charged a second time with third-degree burglary and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.  

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