CEDAR GROVE, NJ – A Paterson man was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary that occurred in Cedar Grove, after he was identified using a Ring doorbell video.
On May 21 at 4:16 A.M. a residents Ring doorbell on Donato Drive captured video of a car burglar entering and searching through his vehicle. Additionally Little Falls reported numerous vehicle burglaries in that same area on the same night. Detective John Smigelsky released the video image of the suspect to the media and surrounding police agencies attempting to identify him.
Further investigation showed that several other towns including Wayne, Clifton and Bloomfield were also attempting to identify the same subject for burglaries committed in their towns. Bloomfield police were able to secure a finger print and with the image captured by the Donato Drive resident’s Ring Camera were able to positively identify the subject.
Moises Echevarria, 39, was arrested and charged by Bloomfield police. Cedar Grove detectives were then able to positively establish Echevarri as the same individual that committed the burglary in Cedar Grove and the Essex County Prosecutors Office authorized burglary and criminal attempted burglary charges against him. Echevarri was served at the Essex County Jail.
“I would like to thank our fellow colleagues and the media for their continued assistance. Please consider joining the Ring Neighbors Application, which is a new way to provide real-time crime and safety information to our community. You do not need to own a Ring device or any other home security system in order to download and use the Neighbors app," said Cedar Grove Police Chief Joseph Cirasa. "Joining does not grant law enforcement access to cameras or user data. All tips shared via Neighbors are anonymous unless residents choose to identify themselves, Ring Neighbors is simply a platform for residents to submit video or images to police and for police to send requests for video and images to residents. Interested residents can text “StaySafe” to 555888 from a smart phone to download the Neighbors Application at no cost.”