Florida Man Charged In Linden Burglary

(Photo courtesy of Linden Police)

(Photo courtesy of Linden Police)

LINDEN – A Florida man was arrested on Monday and charged with a burglary that took place in the Sunnyside section of Linden on May 1.

Sonny Tennis, 45, who has addresses in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Long Island, and Jersey City, was charged with burglary and theft and was released after posting a $70,000 bond pending a court date later this month.

Tennis and two other men allegedly posed as water company employees to enter the victims’ residence. The suspects kept the elderly residents occupied and were able to take cash and jewelry from a bedroom, according to police. The victims did not notice the thefts for several hours.

Linden detective Kevin Mikolajczyk conducted a 3 ½ month investigation, which led to an arrest warrant being issued for Tennis. Linden police credited New York City Police Department investigators who were investigating similar crimes on Staten Island with providing information that broke the case.

Police are still working to identify the two other suspects in the Linden burglary.

The charges against Tennis are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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