UNION COUNTY, NJ – A serial burglar has admitted to robberies in Union and four other Union County municipalities over the course of six months in 2016 and 2017, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Dawud Ward, 24, of Plainfield, pleaded guilty earlier this week to one count of first-degree robbery, five counts of third-degree burglary, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The robbery in Union took place on January 12, 2017, within four hours of another robbery in Scotch Plains.

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Previous burglaries took place on September 2, 2016 in Mountainside and on December 14, 2016 in Scotch Plains, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Peter Benza, who is prosecuting the case.  Another burglary took place on January 20, 2017 in Cranford.

During the course of committing these crimes, Ward stole jewelry, watches, cash, and electronics with an estimated cumulative value of tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Benza, on February 17, 2017, Ward broke into a home in Linden on the 600 block of Ercama Street, entered the victim’s bedroom as she slept, and placed a pillow and sheet over her face when she awoke, holding an object she believed to be a gun to her side.

He was arrested several days later, charged in connection with numerous burglaries and other related crimes in five New Jersey counties.

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Friday, June 8, before state Superior Court Judge John Deitch, at which time the State will recommend a 15-year sentence. Upon the completion of his prison term in New Jersey, Ward will face an outstanding suspended sentence of 28 years in Virginia on a string of thefts and burglaries committed there.