After admitting to burglarizing a New Milford residence, a man from Hackensack, New Jersey has been charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, credit card theft, theft involving government documents,possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A coordinated investigation conducted by officers from the Paramus, New Milford, and River Vale Police Departments as well as officials from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office resulted in the identification of 35-year-old Hackensack resident Chris Connolly in connection with these offenses.
According to authorities, the burglary occurred at a home in New Milford on Wednesday, January 8th, during which time Connolly allegedly stole personal belongings and documentation from the home’s owners. The stolen property included jewelry, electronic devices, a debit card, and the couple’s passports. The owners were reportedly in their home sleeping during the commission of the crime.
The debit card was later used at a gas station in River Vale as well as a 7-11 in Hackensack and a surveillance video showed the perpetrator using the card and leaving the scene in a white Toyota Camry lacking a gas cap. The New Milford Police then received word from the Paramus Police Department that a man driving a similar vehicle had recently been arrested for drug offenses by their officers. When police went to question this individual, who had been identified as Connolly, he was wearing the same jacket as the man shown using the stolen debit card in the surveillance footage.
After consenting to the search of his vehicle, police discovered some of the stolen New Milford property, in addition to marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Connolly was subsequently arrested and is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
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