MAHWAH – Police arrested a Rahway man two days after he allegedly broke into a pair of Mahwah homes.
James Mullen, 29, is accused of breaking into two homes on the east side of Route 17 and stealing jewelry, as well as a Hackensack Police detective’s badge. He is also suspected of trying to burglarize a third home, were a glass window in a door was broken, according to police.
Police began investigating Mullen after they say he was filmed by a surveillance camera using a bank gift card that was allegedly stolen in one of the burglaries. Authorities arrested Mullen in Rahway on June 17 and took him to Mahwah Police headquarters. There, police said, he admitted to his involvement in the crimes.
A search of Mullen’s residence recovered items that were allegedly taken during the burglaries, as well as a loaded gun magazine.
Bail for Mullen was set at $50,000, no 10 percent. He was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, three counts of criminal mischief, possession of hollow point bullets and possession of handcuffs.
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