Westfield Man Charged In August Linden Burglary

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(Photos courtesy of the Linden Police Department)

LINDEN – Police arrested a 55-year-old Westfield man last week who allegedly broke into a store on the 900 block of West St. Georges Avenue in August. Authorities are still seeking the man’s 43-year-old nephew, who allegedly also took part in the crime.

Richard Harrington was arrested on Sept. 26 and charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief for allegedly breaking into the T&G Food Store on Aug. 28. He was taken to Union County Jail and bail was set at $25,000.

Harry Harrington of Trenton is also charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief in connection with the crime, but was not in custody at the time Linden police announced Richard Harrington’s arrest.

Police responded to the food store at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 28 to investigate a burglar alarm and found the front door glass smashed. A video surveillance camera captured images of two men breaking in the store and stealing cash, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. Later that morning, some of the lottery tickets were redeemed at a convenience store in Plainfield.

Police identified their suspects based on the surveillance footage.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Det. Frank Leporino at 1-908-474-8535 or email crimetips@police.lindenes-nj.org.

The charges are merely accusations; the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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