Theft Charges in Boonton Township NJ
A man has been accused of stealing $20,000 in jewelry from a family friend’s house in Boonton Township, New Jersey.
A township resident reported that Michael Urban, a family friend, may have stolen the jewelry while staying at her home.
Boonton police ran a check of Urban’s name and discovered that he was wanted by the Morris County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly violating his probation on a burglary charge.
Although officers were unable to locate Urban during a search of local establishments, Urban eventually returned to his friend’s residence. The police soon arrived at the scene and found Urban standing on the front porch. According to police, Urban initially ignored verbal commands from the officers and refused to show them his hands, resulting in a brief standoff. However, the officers eventually took Urban into custody.
When police arrested Urban, they allegedly found him in possession of heroin, crack cocaine, a glass pipe, and a hypodermic needle. Police also said that they found some of the stolen jewelry in Urban’s possession.
In New Jersey, theft of movable property is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. As set forth by the statute, theft of property valued at more than $500 is classified as a third degree felony. In this case, if Urban is convicted of third degree theft, he could face up to five years in NJ State Prison.
After Urban was arrested, he was remanded to the Morris County Correctional Facility.
For more information pertaining to this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Thief Stole $20,000 in Jewelry, Had Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Cops Say.“