SPARTA, NJ – A doorbell security camera helped police find a burglar. Police departments from other towns have worked together with Sparta Police Department to charge Christopher Murano with the burglary of a West Mountain Home on February 7.
A second person suspected of driving the getaway car is also in custody with multi-jurisdiction efforts.
On February 7 around 2 p.m. police went to a home on West Mountain Road that had been robbed, police said.
The burglar had taken cash, jewelry, electronics and other items. The doorbell video captured the burglar walking to the front door as well as leaving with the stolen items and a black SUV coming into the driveway to pick him up, police said.
Using images from the doorbell camera Sparta police sent a flyer to other police departments throughout New Jersey. Sparta Police also said they identified the getaway car as a black Acura MDX.
On February 11 the Fairlawn Police contacted Det. Sgt. McCarrick with the identity of the suspected burglar as Christopher Murano. Murano’s last known address was in Mahway, police said.
Murano was known to police to have an extensive criminal history that included arrests for drugs, burglary and theft, police said.
The officers went to Murano’s mother’s home. She confirmed the photo from the doorbell camera was her son and that he had recently been released from Bergen County jail, police report.
On February 15 Wallington Police also identified Murano from the Sparta Police flyer. Wallington Police had arrested Murano in January for shoplifting, police said.
On March 8 Haledon Police notified Sparta Police they had arrested a person who was driving a black Acura MDX, believed to be used in the West Mountain Road burglary. When Sparta officers tried to interview the Acura driver, he said he would not speak to them without an attorney, police said.
According to Sparta police they are working to get warrants for the Acura driver whose name will be released later.
On April 9 Det. Sgt. was contacted once again by Fairlawn Police to let Sparta know they had arrested Murano for shoplifting. Dets McCarrick, Hassloch and Snyder went to Fairlawn to bring Murano back to Sparta Police Department Headquarters. After he was interviewed he was brought to Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility on the burglary charges where he awaits his court date in Superior Court.
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