MONTVILLE, NJ – Two people were arrested in the Jade Mountain condominium complex in Towaco after Montville police officers saw them walking there in the middle of the night and determined they had stolen items out of cars in that area, police stated.

Patrolman Bradley Meece was driving through Washington Court on April 27 just after 3 a.m., according to Police Chief Andrew Caggiano, when he observed the interior light on in a parked car in one of the driveways. When he spotted two people walking among the cars in the complex, Meece and Lt. Charles Tremblay, Patrolman Robert Jeannette and Patrolman Anthony Condurso investigated.

The officers determined that three vehicles on Washington Court had been entered and items had been removed from them, Caggiano said. They also located a vehicle which had been stolen from Mineola, NY, according to Caggiano.

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The officers arrested Ariel Gomez-Acosta, age 18, of Paterson, and a 17-year-old juvenile from Jackson Heights, NY. Gomez-Acosta had marijuana and the juvenile had a knife, Caggiano said.

Gomez-Acosta was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary, one count of receiving stolen property, two counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property/conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of marijuana possession and one count of violating the governor’s executive order (the stay-at-home order).

The juvenile was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of receiving stolen property, two counts of conspiracy to receive stolen property/conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of possession of a prohibited weapon, one count of possession of burglary tools and one count of violating the governor’s executive order (the stay-at-home order). The juvenile was turned over to a parent, according to Caggiano.

The Detective Bureau of the Montville Township Police Department, the Parsippany Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation, Caggiano said.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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