NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced today that a grand jury in Middlesex County has handed up a 142 count indictment charging two New York men with taking part in a series of burglaries in nine communities.
Felix Bruno, 33, and Anthony Goodwine, 50, both of the Bronx, were charged with committing the burglaries between December 12, 2013 and August 18, 2014, taking more than $850,000 in cash and jewelry.
Yesterday, the grand jury handed up 25 counts against both men for committing the burglaries in concert, charged Bruno separately with another 113 counts, and charged Goodwine with four separate counts, contending he was involved in four burglaries without help from his co-defendant.
Both men are being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick in lieu of bail.
The charges were handed up following a presentation to the grand jury by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Lorraine Sult.
Authorities from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and police from nine municipalities investigated the various burglaries and linked the defendants to the crimes. A total of 65 burglaries were committed by either or both of the defendants.
The burglaries occurred on various dates in Edison, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, Piscataway, Old Bridge, North Brunswick, South Plainfield and Milltown. Two other burglary cases, which occurred in Livingston, were transferred from Essex County after it was determined the two defendants were responsible.
The grand jury charged both defendants with counts of conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, burglary, and resisting arrest on August 19, 2014 while attempting to flee from police before they were apprehended.
In addition, the panel separately charged Bruno with burglary, theft by deception, two counts of unlawful possession of a .22-caliber handgun and criminal mischief by damaging the properties of two residences while committing burglaries. Goodwine was charged separately with burglary and theft by deception for the four home invasions he committed without his co-defendant.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department, or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.