Police in Newton New Jersey arrested a 23-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy accused of burglarizing a local home and stealing valuables from a safe.
The Newton Police Department got a call about a break-in at a home on Mill Street. When police officers arrived at the residence, they saw signs of a forced entry. Police believe that the suspect gained access to the house through an unsecured window.
The suspects reportedly stole a concrete-lined safe from the home. The safe contained a number of valuables worth approximately $500.
When police officers investigated the theft, they searched the surrounding property and located the safe in a dumpster. According to officials, the suspects used a hammer to smash the locking mechanism and then pried open the door to the safe.
Newton investigators were eventually able to identify and locate the suspects.
The adult suspect is reportedly from Landing NJ, while the juvenile suspect lives in Newton NJ.
The suspects were charged with burglary and theft of movable property. Additionally, the underage suspect was issued a juvenile delinquency complaint.
After being arrested and processed, the adult suspect was taken to the Sussex County Jail in Newton, NJ. He is being held at the jail on a $20,000 bail amount.
The juvenile suspect has been released into his mother’s custody. He has a pending court date in Newton.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man, 12-Year-Old Boy Stole Safe from Newton Home, Cops Say.”