ELIZABETH — An Elizabeth man pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary, one count of identity theft, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of heroin, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
Under the terms of the plea, Freddy Perez, 35, will be sentenced to nine years in prison on March 4, 2011, said Assistant Prosecutor Deborah A. White, who prosecuted the case.
According to the investigation, Perez broke into several cars throughout Union, Middlesex and Somerset Counties, stealing cell phones, wallets, laptop computers, GPS devices, credit cards and cameras, said White. The thefts occurred between January and May 2010.
In five cases he assumed the identity of victims by using their credit cards at various retailers, said White. He was arrested May 7 in Elizabeth following the execution of a search warrant at his house. Police recovered numerous stolen items at that time.
He is currently being held in the Union County Jail pending sentencing.
Romankow commended Detectives Daniel Merten and Joseph Gramiak of the Elizabeth Police Department who worked with detectives from Clark, Mountainside, Edison, Woodbridge and Watchung to identify and arrest Perez.
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