ROXBURY, NJ - Morris County Sheriff's Department K9 Zander helped Roxbury police take a bite out of crime recently when he tracked down - and held with his teeth - one of two Ledgewood men subsequently charged with theft and burglary.
During the Dec. 27 incident, the Belgian Malinois sniffed out Jake Robertiello, 19, who had fled from the scene of a vehicle burglary on Mountain Road, police said. Robertiello sustained bite wounds in the encounter after he was found in the nearby woods by Zander and his handler, Morris County Sheriff's Department Detective Cpl. Frank Perez. He was treated at a hospital before being placed in the Morris County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, police said.
Also charged with burglary and theft was Edgar Rosa, 27, who was apprehended on Emmans Road by Roxbury Police Patrolman Thomas Cerezo. Rosa was released on his own recognizance.
Robertiello and Rosa fled after a resident arrived home and saw them inside one of his vehicles, said police. "In the past week, there have been several burglaries targeting unlocked vehicles in the area," they noted.
In an unrelated incident the next day, police arrested two other Roxbury teens and two juveniles on burglary charges. They said Alana Mitchell, 18, of Succasunna, Jason Lessak, 18, of Landing and the two juveniles were charged with burglary, criminal mischief and theft after an investigation conducted with the help of the Mount Arlington Police Department.
Police said they were called to a house on Succasunna Road by the homeowner who was awakened when the burglars broke a kitchen window and entered while he was sleeping. The intruders fled when the resident awoke, said police. The suspects were processed and given dates to appear in Superior Court.