Last week, three (3) people were arrested in Boonton Township on suspicion of burglary.
Boonton officers responded to a reported burglary at an Old Denville Road business. Officers reviewed security footage, which showed that the suspects wore bandanas over their faces.
In a joint investigation, Boonton police, Montville police, and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit identified the burglars as Morris Township resident Natalie Johnson and Morristown residents Eric Allred and Michael Blackman.
Mr. Allred and Mr. Blackman were charged with burglary, trespassing, and theft of movable property, while Ms. Johnson was charged with burglary.
In New Jersey, the penalties for burglary are set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. Burglary is typically charged as a third degree felony, unless someone is injured during the burglary or the burglar has a weapon. Assuming that the security footage does not show Mr. Allred, Mr. Blackman, or Ms. Johnson carrying a weapon when the trio entered the premises, each of them could face a term of imprisonment of between three (3) and five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison.
Following their arrests, Mr. Allred and Mr. Blackman were taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail. Ms. Johnson was released pending a court date.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Security Camera Catches Trio Breaking into Business, Boonton Township Cops Say.“