Police say they conducted a lengthy investigation all over the state before making an arrest this week. Now, authorities are charging the man with multiple theft counts for crimes they say he committed in multiple New Jersey cities. The man was arrested in New Brunswick in his hotel room and is accused of burglaries since March.
According to reports, the man is also a person of interest for more than 12 more burglaries. Police say that most of the cases didn't involve forced entry, and whoever stole items from the homes simply used an unlocked door in the middle of the night. The authorities also say the man accused of burglary has served time in prison for theft in the past.
Given the fact that the man has been convicted in the past, police might be more rigorously pursuing charges against him. It is important to remember that just because a person is arrested or a person of interest in a crime doesn't mean they are guilty. It might be wise, however, if someone has previously served time for a crime, or is accused of a crime in a complex case, that they seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
They can help people sort through the evidence against them and explain the legal process. An attorney will make sure the person's rights aren't violated and that they receive a fair trial. They can help make sure none of the evidence was acquired illegally which may adversely influence the person's case.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "Police arrest man allegedly connected to a string of burglaries across multiple N.J. towns," Tom Haydon, June 11, 2012