WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police Officers along with Officers from Lincoln Park, Fairfield and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department surrounded a commercial building in Wayne, trapping a would-be burglar; arresting him in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 2.

An activated burglar alarm brought Officers of the Wayne Police Department to Wayne Wholesale Fertilizer in the Mountainview section of the Township.  The first-responding Officers began to check the doors of the business but were quickly called to back off.  The suspect was still inside the building.

An employee of Wayne Wholesale Fertilizer had called Police headquarters, letting them know that he was watching live surveillance video of the interior and had seen the intruder go into hiding.  

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Additional officers responded and set a perimeter around the building while the commanding supervisor at the scene led an initial entry into the building.

“Upon noting the size of the interior and the many obstructions created by products and equipment, he withdrew and requested additional officers and K-9 assistance,” said Wayne Police Public Information Officer, Captain Dan Daly.

Officers from nearby Lincoln Park and Fairfield Police Departments responded as did members of the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office with their K-9 officers Teo and Paco.

“An interior search was conducted utilizing the assistance of the K-9 officers,” said Daly. “And, the suspected burglar was located hiding between a pallet of fertilizer and a wall.”

A man, later identified as William Mininni of Wayne, was ordered to surrender and taken into custody. According to Daly, Mininni was found with work gloves and a flashlight. A hammer and chisel were also found by his suspected point of entry: a hole in a cinderblock wall.

Mininni was taken to Wayne Police Headquarters and was charged with Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Hindering Apprehension, Attempted Theft and Possession of Burglar Tools. He was later released on bail.

“The charges against Mr. Mininni are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” said Daly.

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