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South Brunswick Police Charge Two With Christmas Time Burglary

James O'Connor Credits: Police photo
Derrick McCaskill Credits: Police photo

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police have charged two men with a holiday burglary in December.

Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka announced Thursday that after a three-month investigation, detectives made two arrests in connection with a burglary at a residence in the Point at Turnbury development in Monmouth Junction. 

Police said detectives arrested James O’Connor, 38, and Derrick McCaskill, 51, both of North Brunswick. 

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Police charged O’Connor with burglary and theft and charged McCaskill with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.

According to police, the burglary occurred during the daytime hours on Dec. 23 in which a safe with jewelry and cash was stolen. 

Police said O’Connor did some handiwork in the development in early December and became familiar with when residents were at home. 

After the burglary was reported, detectives canvassed the neighborhood and recovered surveillance video showing the two suspects manipulating video cameras in the area. 

The nearby surveillance footage from the day of the burglary showed a unique looking silver colored pick-up truck with a box shaped object resembling a safe in the bed of the truck, police said. 

The suspects also placed a cardboard cut-out over the rear license plate so the plate could not be seen, police said.

Police said detectives used the surveillance footage to identify the suspect’s truck, which was then traced to the suspect’s residence in North Brunswick.

Detectives obtained search warrants which revealed additional physical evidence that placed O’Connor and McCaskill at the scene in December, police said.

Police said McCaskill was arrested at his residence with the assistance of the North Brunswick Police and O’Connor was arrested by the Long Beach Township Police and turned over to South Brunswick detectives.

Both O’Connor and McCaskill were released pending their next court appearance, police said.

Chief Hayducka credited Detective Dennis Yuhasz with solid police work in solving the case.

“This case required persistence and determination in identifying all the evidence and leads,” Hayducka said. “This case exemplifies the commitment our department has in following through on all leads.”

The Chief thanked the North Brunswick PD and Long Beach Township PD for their assistance in the case.

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