Newton NJ police recently arrested a 23-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy who allegedly broke into a local home and stole a safe.
The Newton Police Department received a report of a break-in at a residence on Mill Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw signs of a forced entry through an unsecured window.
The suspects allegedly got away with a concrete-lined safe which contained a number of valuables. According to police, the total value of the items stolen is $500.
Newton police investigated the theft. Police conducted a search of the property and found the safe hidden in a dumpster. According to law enforcement, the suspects smashed the locking mechanism with a hammer and then pried open the safe door.
Investigators eventually identified the two suspects. Police also recovered some of the safe’s contents and returned them to the victims.
The adult suspect lives in Landing NJ, while the juvenile suspect is from Newton NJ.
Both suspects have been charged with burglary and theft of movable property. The underage suspect has also been issued a juvenile delinquency complaint.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the adult suspect was transported to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, New Jersey. He is being held at the facility in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Meanwhile, the juvenile suspect was released into the custody of his mother.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man, 12-Year-Old Boy Stole Safe from Newton Home, Cops Say.”