LIVINGSTON, NJ — Media attention led to the identification of the two individuals who were charged with breaking into the Livingston American Little League field house on Meadowbrook Road, according to the Livingston Police Department.
Michael Kaloudis, 31, formerly of Stanhope, and Angela Lopez, 34, formerly of Middlesex, were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, according to Livingston police, who also noted that both are currently homeless and living out of a car.
After being identified as suspects in numerous field house burglaries over the last few weeks, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced their arrests on Tuesday as a result of a three-month investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (BCPO) under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti.
In April 2019, the BCPO Special Investigations Squad (“BCPO SIS”) began an investigation into a series of concession stand burglaries at Little League fields, recreational centers, and municipal pools in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, which BCPO said appeared to share the same modus operandi. Specifically, the suspects would force in doors or windows during the overnight or early morning hours and steal cash, food and beverages, and concession stand appliances and tools, according to the BCPO.
Authorities said the two individuals forced their way into the concession stand at Burnham Park on May 16, making off with several-hundred dollars in cash. More than two dozen Little League concession stands across the state have been burglarlized since then.
Through evidence obtained by law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey, Kaloudis and Lopez were identified as the primary suspects in over forty concession stand burglaries, according to the BCPO.
On Monday, June 24, detectives from the BCPO SIS located and arrested Kaloudis and Lopez in Wayne and charged each of them with 11 counts of burglary, (crimes of the third degree) and one count of theft (also a crime of the third degree). There are also pending burglary and theft charges for both Kaloudis and Lopez in Essex and other New Jersey counties.
The couple was remanded to the Bergen County jail pending a detention hearing in Hackensack. Musella reiterated that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.