Bergenfield Man Suspected in 19 Burglaries
Bergenfield Police Arrest Suspect, Charged Him with 19 Counts of Burglary in New Jersey
A man from Bergenfield, New Jersey has been charged with burglary for 19 different break-ins at NJ businesses. The suspect in the burglaries is 27-year-old Aaron Sukhdeo, a resident of Bergenfield in Bergen County, New Jersey. According to law enforcement officials, Sukhdeo broke into 19 commercial buildings at various points in July, August, and September 2017. Sukhdeo allegedly targeted the businesses after they closed for the night and then stole cash from cash registers filled with money to use as change for customers the next morning.
The businesses that were burglarized included multiple gas stations, a carpeting business, a rib restaurant, and a Burger King fast food restaurant. Police officers almost captured the culprit in the Burger King burglary, but he was able to evade police and get away. It was the burglary of another restaurant, Reilly’s Rib Cage in Bergenfield, that ultimately led Bergenfield police to Sukhdeo. That burglary was caught on surveillance video, which Bergenfield police later shared on social media sites, including Instagram. The video showed a man holding a backpack and trying to use a tool to open a drawer inside the restaurant. Bergenfield police investigators connected the backpack to a number of other burglaries and eventually identified Sukhdeo as the suspect.
Severe Penalties for Burglary & Theft Crimes in Bergen County, NJ
Remarkably, Sukhdeo was placed under arrest almost immediately after getting out of jail for a different offense. He was incarcerated for driving without a license in NJ. Now he could face an even longer term of incarceration because he has been charged with numerous felonies: 19 counts of burglary, 24 counts of attempted burglary, and several counts of theft of movable property and possession of burglary tools. He is also charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice for allegedly running from police officers after the Burger King burglary.
The burglary charges could result in significant prison time for Sukhdeo. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is usually classified as a third degree criminal offense. A conviction for just one count of burglary could result in severe penalties: third degree burglary carries a potential sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Sukhdeo is currently being detained at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ while awaiting a detention hearing. Depending on the outcome of that hearing, he could be forced to remain behind bars until trial date or until a plea deal is reached in the theft and property crime case.
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Travis Tormey is an experienced criminal lawyer who represents clients facing burglary charges in Bergenfield, Hackensack, Paramus, Fort Lee, and everywhere else in Bergen County, NJ. If you have been charged with burglary, contact Attorney Tormey now to discuss your case.
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