LINDEN – As the result of a six-week investigation into several burglaries which took place in the North Wood Avenue, business district, Linden police detectives have charged a 26-year-old Linden man with two counts of receiving stolen property.
Between Feb. 4 and Feb. 14, six businesses on North Wood Avenue were burglarized in the early morning hours, possibly by the same person. The burglar or burglars used a cinder block to break open the rear door of the businesses, which included two nail salons, a hair salon, a Chinese gourmet restaurant, a Polish deli, and a paralegal school. Several flat-screen televisions were taken during the break-ins.
During their investigation, detectives received information that Anthony Alves allegedly had some of the stolen televisions. When detectives went to Alves’ apartment on Feb. 23 to speak to him, Alves showed them a 42″ Vizio and a 42″ Toshiba television on different walls of his apartment. Alves told police that he bought the televisions but could not produce any receipts nor remember where they were purchased.
Two burglary victims were later able to positively identify the televisions as belonging to them, police said.
Alves was later arrested for unlawful possession of a prescription drug, and he was charged on Tuesday, March 20, with the two counts of receiving stolen property after the burglary victims identified their belongings.
The investigation into the burglaries is continuing, and detectives are still attempting to locate additional stolen property, specifically another 42″ Vizio and a 36″ Vizio flat-screen television, and a digital camera with family photos of a Vietnamese family. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Kevin Mikolajczyk at 1-908-474-8530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The charges against Alves are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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