Car trouble led to the arrest of a New York man who police said was one-half of a burglary team that stole more than $75,000 of electronics from the Verizon Wireless store on Route 73.
Mount Laurel Police responded to an alarm activation at the Verizon store at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Responding officers saw two suspects fleeing in a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and pursued the vehicle north on 73, but quickly ended the pursuit for public safety concerns.
A short time later, New Jersey State Police located the vehicle stopped on Route 38 near 295, where the suspects were unloading the proceeds from their burglary due to the SUV breaking down, according to a report. The suspects fled on foot when confronted by state police.
Not long after that, Mount Laurel Police got a call from a Stonegate residence who saw one of the suspects breaking into a vehicle on Biddle Way, according to the report.
The suspect—subsequently identified as Ricardo L. Oliver, 25, of the 400 block of Hazelwood Terrace, Rochester, NY—was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, obstruction of justice and hindering apprehension.
Police said Oliver and his accomplice, who was not found, stole in excess of $75,000 worth of smartphones, tablets and other equipment from Verizon, all of which was recovered.
An investigation is ongoing to determine the identities of other suspects involved.
Oliver was lodged in Burlington County Jail in lieu of $127,500 bail.Information provided by Mount Laurel Police. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.