Union County News

9 Recent Union High School Grads Charged in $26K Burglary at School


UNION, NJ – Nine suspects have been charged with the burglary that occurred at Union High School on June 29, resulting in the theft of $26,000 in cash and other property.

Union police say a secretary at the High School contacted police at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, after she found her desk damaged. She reported that she had an unusually large amount of cash locked in a drawer due to fees collected as the school year concluded. 

Police viewed the school’s surveillance cameras which showed individuals breaking into the school at about 1:30 a.m.  According to the surveillance footage, the individuals wandered around the school until they reached the main office where they forced open desk drawers. 

Sign Up for E-News

Working with the school principal and vice principal, police were able to identify the suspects. Detectives viewed footage from exterior surveillance cameras and observed the vehicle used by the suspects. Detectives later found and stopped the vehicle. Based on evidence found, police arrested the driver and one of the other men.

Arrested on June 29 was Fernando Cunha III and Joshua Cipriano. They have been charged with burglary and theft.

According to police, detectives were able to identify the remaining suspects. The following suspects have been charged with burglary and theft:

Kevin X. Rea

Cristian Pereira

Marlon Roberts

Joshua Monica

Jason Laurent

A 17-year old juvenile

Nicholas Zuena was charged with criminal trespass.

Police say all suspects appear to be residents of Union and are recent graduates of Union High School. The six adult suspects have an initial court appearance on Aug. 18.

According to police, known missing at this time is approximately $26,000, a school iPad, a bullhorn, and other school property. Police have not yet recovered the property. 

This crime is being investigated by Detective Adam Jovic and Detective Sergeant Victor Correia. If anyone has information on this crime, they should contact the police department at 908-851-5080 or via e-mail at AJovic@uniontownship.com.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Darby Road's St. Patrick's Day Festival Kicks Off

March 17, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Darby Road Public House (450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) kicked off its three-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Friday at the municipal parking lot.

The event takes place under a larger tent this year and features Irish bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, food and beverages, along with a bounce house, face -painting, and pony rides for the kids.

Mayor Brindle’s Update, Feb. 13

March 14, 2018

The following are highlights from the update that Mayor Shelley Brindle gave at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Last week’s back to back nor’easters left a wave of destruction that Westfield hasn’t experienced since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Three thousand homes lost power. Over 40 roads were closed due to downed wires and/or trees. Our police responded to ...

Westfield Police Blotter: DWI, Reported Fraud & More

March 14, 2018

March 7, 2018 2:06 a.m.

Carlos C. Mendoza, age 33, of Garwood, NJ, was arrested on the strength of three Westfield Municipal Court warrants ($750) pursuant to a traffic stop in the area of South Avenue in Scotch Plains. Subject was transported to Westfield Police HQ where he was processed and refused after posting bail.


March 9, 2018 2:09 p.m.

A resident of Sandra Circle ...

Edison Intermediate School Presents ‘The Sound of Music’

March 17, 2018

Come see Edison Intermediate School's interpretation of the classic musical “The Sound of Music.”

The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, The Sound of Music, has become a play beloved around the world. Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play captures a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War ...

Charitable Spirit Alive and Well in Westfield Public Schools

Students, staff and parents in Westfield Public Schools continue the district’s long tradition of helping others both in and outside of the community, with a number of students recently recognized for their efforts.

Fifteen Westfield High School juniors and sophomores were honored by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for collecting more than 5,000 pounds of food items for families in ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


8 Homes Sold Last Week in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside

Eight homes sold last week, March 4 to March 11, 2018, in Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Cranford and Mountainside.*


 TOWN                  ADDRESS             ...

The Day After

Some years ago, the United Nations held the International Summit on Sustainable Development, here in Johannesburg. The Summit was a great success. One wonders, though, whether all the wonderful decisions and resolutions that were adopted were ever implemented. In other words, were they themselves sustainable?

Good ideas and worthwhile projects are suggested regularly. The question is, do they ...

Auction Items Sought for Westfield Area YMCA 14th Annual Golf Classic

The Westfield Area Y is hosting the 14th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner with Live and Silent Auction on Monday, May 14, at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. All proceeds will benefit the Y’s financial assistance program and help send a kid to camp or child care at the Y this year.

If you have a vacation home or time share, access to a fine dining establishment, ...

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner After a Newborn

March 11, 2018

Life changes instantly once we have a newborn.  It is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences a couple can have. It brings joy and a newfound commitment to the relationship and now to a family of three. Grandparents, family and friends are eager to get involved with helping and visiting. Responsibilities increase, expenses increase and privacy decreases. Our routine ...

Profit from Recent Volatility with Stock Market Bargains

Markets retreated in February, the worst down month in two years. A record surge in volatility caused several ETFs designed as leveraged bets on low volatility to plunge, with at least one being forced to liquidate and hand its investors a near total loss.

The Causes of February’s Market Retreat

The initial catalyst for the sell off was inflation. The January jobs report showed ...


Kathleen Marie Christian (nee Helmstetter), age 73 of Surf City, NJ, passed away peacefully at home ...
Read more

Health Alert: Child with Measles Traveled to Newark Airport on March 12

March 15, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — If you were at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, March 12 between 12:45 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles and should contact your health care provider.

The New Jersey Department of Health has issued a public health alert after a child with a confirmed case of measles — a highly contagious disease — arrived in Terminal B at ...