Washington Township NJ police arrested a man who allegedly burglarized and stole from several parked motor vehicles.
20-year-old Long Valley NJ resident Curtis Fitzgerald has been accused of stealing from 21 different vehicles parked on Middle Valley Road, North Washington Valley Road, Sierra Drive, and West Mill Road. Police believe that Fitzgerald looked for unlocked vehicles that were parked and then took items of value that were inside the vehicles.
Washington Township police detectives investigated several vehicle burglaries last year and collected forensic evidence. Police say that the evidence linked Fitzgerald to the thefts. Police also indicated that Fitzgerald confessed to the burglaries while being interviewed. Police also said that Fitzgerald confessed to additional burglaries that occurred in other jurisdictions.
After being arrested, Fitzgerald was charged with 21 counts of burglary and theft.
In New Jersey, burglary is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. In accordance with the statute, prosecutors typically bring burglary as a third degree charge. In these cases, if Fitzgerald is convicted of third degree burglary, he could be sentenced to as many as five years in state prison on each count.
After being arrested and charged, Fitzgerald was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility, where he was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
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For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Long Valley Man Confessed to Stealing from 21 Vehicles, Cop Say.“