NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 35-year-old city man has been charged in connection with a three-month series of burglaries targeting stores in Highland Park, Edison and North Brunswick, police said.
Vincent T. Stephens is charged with five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, five counts of criminal mischief and five counts of possession of a burglary tool, according to Highland Park Police Chief Rick Abrams.
In making the arrest, borough detectives conducted a month-long investigation, Abrams said.
The suspect is believed to have targeted stores overnight along Raritan Avenue in Highland Park by breaking into the rear of each and grabbing more than $1,200 cash and creating more than $6,500 in damage to the stores.
Highland Park police used video surveillance and other evidence to connect Stephens to the crime scenes.
Borough cops coordinated with Edison and North Brunswick investigators after they saw a similar pattern of commercial burglaries there, Abrams said.
Stephens is also charged with additional counts of burglary and theft in a series of commercial burglaries in North Brunswick.
Edison detectives also charged Stephens with two counts of burglary and one count of criminal mischief in connection with break-ins at township businesses. Township police worked closely with neighboring police officers in Highland Park to find the suspect, police Lt. Robert Dudash said.
“This case came together as a result of good police work and coordination between all the agencies involved,” Abrams said. “Detectives pieced together video from the area and recovered physical evidence that helped crack this case. I also want to thank North Brunswick and Edison Police detectives for their assistance in catching this suspect.”
Anyone with additional information about the case is urged to contact Highland Park Detective Guy Palumbo at (732) 572-3800, ext 4264.