Burglary Suspect Leads Mahwah PD on High Speed Chase

According to authorities, police were called in Mahwah at around 11:15pm and arrived at the Janek’s Market-Deli on Ramapo Valley Road on a report for a burglary. Once they arrived, they observed 46 year-old Mark Todd of Hackensack and they ordered him to stop, but Todd ran to a 1988 Oldsmobile and drove off nearly hitting a police car. A brief high-speed chase (100 mph) ensued down Route 17 with Officers Killroy, Lorio, and Letavish in pursuit. 

Todd crashed near the Dunkin Donuts, got out of the vehicle and attempted to run but was quickly captured near Cigar World. He was found to have cash and cigarettes in his possession which was taken during the burglary. He was charged with burglary, eluding, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police say that Todd has an extensive criminal record, and due to the recent 2017 Bail Reform, he continues to commit crimes while out pending his court hearing. This time, police say, he avoided jail again because of the current coronavirus pandemic. Click here to read more at www.dailyvoice.com.

The state of New Jersey takes burglary cases very seriously and penalties can be severe. Burglary is a crime of the third degree, except that it is a crime of the second degree if in the course of committing the offense the actor:

1. Purposely, knowingly or recklessly inflicts, attempts to inflict or threatens to inflict bodily injury on anyone; or
2. Is armed with or displays what appear to be explosives or a deadly weapon.

A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Burglary in the second degree is an enumerated crime under the No Early Release Act (NERA), meaning that 85% of the sentence imposed must be served before becoming eligible for parole.

A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

If you or a loved one is charged with burglary, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending thousands of individuals charged with burglary in towns like Wayne, Paterson, and Clifton. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.