NEWTON, NJ—Several unlocked cars in the area of Hillside Terrace and the Landmark West Apartments were robbed after midnight on January 20 Newton Police Department reported.   

Officers and detectives initiated an investigation and increased patrols within those areas.

On Monday, January 22, Officer Jared Zappa saw a man walking on Hillside Avenue around 2:30 a.m. After an investigation, he was identified as Robert Oglesby, 32, of Swartswood Road. Oglesby was thought to be a possible suspect in the recent burglaries, according to police.

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Later that morning, around 6:18 a.m. Newton Police responded to the Landmark West Apartments around on the report of a man being struck on the head with a hatchet. Ogelsby was once again named in the investigation, this time according to police, for the assault.

While processing the scene of the assault, detectives found an identification card and a pay stub, which had the names of two of the victims of the car burglaries according to police.

When they searched the apartment police found a number of items belonging to victims of the car burglaries.  All of the stolen articles were collected and brought to the Newton Police Station where several of the owners of the items were contacted, according to police. 

These stolen items included a GPS systems, cell phones, clothing, assorted paperwork, wallets, electronic charging cords, flashlights, watches, thumb drives, keys, compact discs, knives and loose change with an estimated total value of $3,200.00, according to police.

The victim of the assault was transported to Morristown Memorial Hospital and received stitches to his left ear before being released according to police.

Oglesby was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, 14 counts of theft of moveable property and 14 counts of burglary, before being lodged in the Sussex County Jail.

Investigating Officers included Ptl. Jared Zappa, Ptl. John Flanagan, Sgt. Thomas Muller, Ptl. Russell Post, Ptl. Jose Morales, DSG. Steve VanNieuwland and Detective Thomas Tosti.

The Newton Police suspect that there may have been other recent burglaries to cars within the Town of Newton that went unreported. Police are asking any of these victims to contact Detective Thomas Tosti to possibly identify any of their missing items that may have been recovered and to make arrangements for their return.

Additionally, The Newton Police Department would like to remind Newton residents to lock their cars to prevent them from being robbed.  

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