UNION, NJ – A Roselle man has been charged with burglary of Union Family Barber on Stuyvesant Avenue, shoplifting from a Morris Avenue 7-11, and multiple other charges related to other crimes, according to Union police.
Union police began their investigation upon a reported burglary at the Union Family Barber on Friday, Nov. 10. The business had been entered via a broken window at about 1:00 a.m. According to police, the suspect cut himself entering the business and blood was found at the scene. The surveillance cameras of a neighboring business were viewed by Union police officers, who recognized the suspect from a prior theft arrest. Police also suspected the man was responsible for other recent crimes.
About an hour after the burglary, a Union police officer observed a stolen car pass him on Morris Ave., but the officer was unable to catch up to the car. The stolen car was used in an aggravated assault/robbery at the Elizabeth train station and New Jersey Transit Detectives were looking for the car. The suspect, in that case, beat a woman over the head with a crowbar and took her purse.
Detectives were also investigating the recent theft of cigarettes from the 7-11 on Morris Ave.
From the train station surveillance video, Union detectives identified the Elizabeth robbery and assault suspect as the Union Family Barber burglary suspect. The suspect in the 7-11 theft also matched the description. He also matched the description of a suspect who broke into a Roselle Park business last month.
Union and Roselle Park Detectives and Union Street Crimes Unit officers began to search for the suspect and located his car parked on East Jersey St. in Elizabeth. Police waited for several hours until the suspect came out to the car, and he was arrested. His car was towed back to police headquarters for further investigation. Detectives found the crowbar and other evidence connected to other crimes.
Arrested and charged was David Caba, 47, of Roselle.
In Union, Caba was charged with:
- Burglary, theft, criminal mischief at the Barber Shop.
- Receiving stolen property -- the stolen Honda that the Union officer initially identified.
- Shoplifting of the cigarettes at the 7-11.
In Roselle Park, Caba was charged with a burglary and theft.
According to Union police, Transit Detectives will be charging Caba with the armed robbery and the weapons possession.
Caba will be sent to the Union County Jail. The lead Detective is Sergio Pereira, who continues to investigate the case and other possible crimes by Caba. Pereira can be reached at 908-851-5030.