Theft Charges Parsippany NJ – Route 10 Cell Tower
Parsippany NJ police are investigating a reported theft at a Route 10 cell tower.
According to police, thieves entered the locked facility and stole material from several cell phone carriers.
A wireless technician from AT&T first alerted police to the theft. When the worker arrived at the tower for general maintenance, he saw that the facility had been damaged. According to authorities, the damage included fifty feet of copper crowding leads connected to various utility boxes.
The Parsippany Police Department is currently looking into the theft. Police have already determined that the individuals responsible entered the facility by using a ladder to climb a barbed-wire fence and then gained access to a locked, fenced-in area.
If the culprits in the theft are apprehended, they could face serious charges. In New Jersey, theft of movable property is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3. As set forth by the statute, the severity of the penalties is determined by the monetary value of the stolen property. In this case, the offenders could be charged with third degree theft and face between three and five years in state prison if the material taken is valued at more than $500.
In addition to that, burglary charges could be filed since the defendants entered a structure without permission to commit a crime. Burglary will be charged as a third degree offense unless a weapon was used, then it becomes a 2nd degree crime.
Parsippany police have asked for the public’s assistance in the investigation. Anyone with information that might be useful is asked to contact police at Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.
Theft, Burglary Charges in Parsippany, New Jersey
For more information about this incident, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Parsippany Police: Thieves Steal from, Damage Route 10 Cellular Tower.”