FAIRFIELD, NJ — Following an attempted burglary at the Delta gas station on Route 46 West that occurred on Feb. 15, Fairfield police located and arrested Mustafa Muhammad, 57, of Union on Feb. 22 for burglary and criminal mischief.
According to police, officers were dispatched to the Delta station at approximately 4:31 a.m. on Feb. 15 on reports of an activated burglar alarm.
Prior to the officers’ arrival, police said an employee had arrived at the gas station to find the alarm ringing and the power to the building turned off. As the officers arrived, they observed that an electrical meter on the outside of the building had been tampered with, which likely caused the power outage.
Additionally, according to police, drawers in the main office were opened and ransacked. Police also found a small opening had been made in a roll-up garage door, where entry was likely gained. Lastly, the officers observed footprints in the snow that led from the parking lot of an adjoining business, where it was suspected the actor had parked, police said.
Detective Jeffrey Didyk processed the scene and assumed command over the investigation. During the course of the investigation, police said Didyk obtained surveillance footage that clearly showed the lone actor and the New Jersey license plate of the 2016 grey Jeep rental vehicle that the actor came in.
Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was rented to Muhammad at the time of the crime. Fairfield police were allegedly familiar with Mohammad from two past arrests by the agency for two gas station burglaries in 2002. Further information was gathered by Didyk, which ultimately led to an arrest warrant being issued.
“Detective Didyk did an outstanding job in bringing a suspect to justice in this case as quickly as he did,” said Chief Anthony Manna.
Working cooperatively with detectives from the Union Police Department, Mohammad was located and arrested and turned over to Fairfield officials on Feb. 22. He was processed and transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility.