Dover NJ Burglary ChargesAn 18-year-old woman and a 17-year old man are accused of attempting to steal in Dover, New Jersey.

When Dover NJ police officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Walgreens on Route 46, a 26-year-old Newark man told the officers that he met a woman through an online social network and that he came to Dover to meet her.

The woman, Elizabeth Samanns, allegedly lured the man to a house on Searing Street. According to the alleged victim, he was suspicious when he entered the home and found that there was no power. The alleged victim then discovered a man hiding in one of the rooms, prompting him to flee the home with the man in pursuit.

Police officers took the alleged victim to the area where the incident allegedly occurred. At the scene, officers found Ms. Samanns and another person, a 17-year-old man from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

While officers spoke with Ms. Samanns, 24-year-old James Palko approached the officers and accused Ms. Samanns of stealing his wallet. Mr. Palko told police that he and Ms. Samanns had gotten together to engage in a sexual act for money.

Ms. Samanns was arrested and charged with burglary, robbery, theft, luring, and prostitution.

In New Jersey, burglary is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. In accordance with the statute, burglary is typically charged as a third degree criminal offense. In this case, if Ms. Samanns is convicted of third degree burglary, she could be sentenced to as many as five (5) years in NJ State Prison.

To learn more about the case, access the article entitled “18-Year-Old Prostitute, 17-Year-Old Boy Worked Together in Robbery Attempt, Dover Cops Say.


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