SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Amadou Ba, age 30, of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with 3rd degree, burglary, criminal mischief and theft, both disorderly persons offenses, according to law enforcement officials. 

Police responded to an activated burglar alarm on May 3, at a Route 27 business in the Princeton section of Franklin Township, according to a statement from Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

"Upon arrival of the initial officer, he observed a male, later identified as Ba standing inside the business," Robertson said in a statement. "The officer ordered Ba to come outside so they could speak. Defendant Ba proceeded to hide out of view of the officer.  When back-up officers arrived, they made entry into the business and found defendant Ba hiding under a truck."

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According to police, Ba was in possession of cash from the register as well as two sets of keys for vehicles that were being worked on in the business. 

He was taken into custody without incident, according to police.  

Defendant Ba was arrested and charged with 3rd degree, burglary, criminal mischief and theft, both disorderly persons offenses, according to a police statement. 

After his court appearance in the afternoon defendant Ba was released from custody, according to police.

On May 4, at 1:19 a.m. the Franklin Township Police Department received a 9-1-1 call reporting a suspicious person at the same Route 27 business, according to a police statement. 

"The officers that handled the call on May 3rd responded to this call," Robertson said in a statement. "Upon arrival, they immediately saw defendant Ba through a window.  Upon making eye contact with officers, he fled to the rear of the business.  The manager of the business was contacted and responded with the key.  Upon making entry, the officers found defendant Ba seated in the rear office."

He was taken into custody without incident, according to police.  

Defendant Ba was charged with 3rd degree, burglary, and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.  

NOTE:  

By the Rules of Court to include herein a statement explaining that the charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.