Pennsylvania Man Charged In Edison Burglaries

EDISON — Police have charged a 37-year-old Pennsylvania man with two burglaries to residences in the Redfield Village Complex on the border between Edison and Metuchen that took place on Feb. 13.

Joseph P. Hessler of Buskill, Pa. was arrested at the Metuchen Train Station at approximately 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. Metuchen Police Officer James A. Keane stopped the suspect, who matched the description of an individual who committed the two burglaries. Hessler possessed a paintball gun at the time of his arrest, according to authorities. Metuchen police turned him over to Edison police detectives.

“I commend the cooperation and dedication from all the officers involved in this apprehension,” said Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “It is absolutely essential for department’s to share as much information as possible and this arrest exemplifies the importance of having those open lines of communication.”

Hessler is charged with two counts of burglary in Edison, as well as possession of an imitation firearm and public drinking in Metuchen. He was released on his own recognizance.

The Edison burglaries were committed by force; in one case the suspect kicked open a front door, in the other the suspect broke a window.

Sgt. Thomas Lacik and Det. Steve Todd let the Edison Police Department investigation.

The charges against Hessler are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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