A Cranford NJ detective was off duty when he saw a burglary suspect allegedly committing a break-in.
The suspect is a 23-year man from Plainfield, New Jersey. He was already wanted on suspicion of committing numerous burglaries in five counties, including Union County, Morris County, Essex County, Middlesex County, and Somerset County.
This time, the suspect allegedly committed another burglary and theft at a residence on Locust Drive in Cranford, NJ. An off-duty detective happened to be in the area when he reportedly noticed the suspect leaving a residence.
Police detained the suspect and allegedly found him carrying items stolen from the Cranford NJ home.
After arresting the suspect, law enforcement ran a check and learned that he was also wanted for several other break-ins. In fact, the Cranford Police Department had previously coordinated a joint investigation with police departments in Berkeley Heights, Clark, Hillside, Mountainside, Watchung, and Westfield.
The suspect has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft of movable property, and criminal mischief.
After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was taken to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Off-Duty Cop Catches Burglar Wanted in 5 N.J. Counties, Police Say.”