SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and South Plainfield Police Chief James Parker announced today that additional charges have been brought forth against 55-year-old borough resident Thomas G. Kaiser.
On Sept. 2, Kaiser was arrested and charged with possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose. The new charges against Kaiser include possession of prohibited devices and tampering with evidence. As a result, on Wednesday, Kaiser was charged with four counts of possession of a prohibited device - 3rd degree and one count of tampering with evidence - 4th degree.
According to the Sept. 4 press release issued by the country prosecutor’s office, the new charges are the result of an ongoing investigation by the South Plainfield Police Department that prompted the cancellation of Monday’s 62nd Annual Labor Day Parade and festivities ‘out of an abundance of caution and due to the potential threat to the community.’
The continuing investigation revealed that subsequent to the initial charges, four additional destructive devices were located in the vicinity of the parade route. Officials allege that Kaiser disposed of the devices, identified by the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad as homemade destructive devices.
Kaiser was arrested on Sept. 2 by the Sea Bright Police Department and initially charged with one count of possession of a destructive device for an unlawful purpose – 2nd degree and one count of possession of a destructive device – 3rd degree.
The investigation began in Monmouth County when a suspicious package with a destructive device was left at Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright. An investigation by the Sea Bright Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office led to Kaiser’s South Plainfield residence.
An investigation, which is ongoing and continuing, is being conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Sea Bright Plainfield Police Department, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, and the South Plainfield Police Department along with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the FBI, and the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Craig Magnani of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700; Detective Daniel Chernavsky of the Sea Bright Police Department at (732) 842-0010; or Detective Shawn Murphy of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 803-5406.
Note, as is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Kaiser are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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