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Old Bridge Man Arrested for Burglary in South Brunswick
Two men, one from Old Bridge and one from Whiting, were arrested on Monday April 27 on burglary charges in South Brunswick. William Reed, of Old Bridge, and Darryl Naughton, of Whiting, were allegedly found standing by a parked vehicle outside of a burglarized home, and leaving the home with a jar full of change in hand. South Brunswick police found Reed and Naughton at the home when upon responding to a call from a neighbor who reported the suspicious vehicle, which she saw parked in her neighbor’s driveway with the hood up. Upon further investigation, police also found that a window at the back of the home had been broken to gain entry. Allegedly one of the suspects had previously done work at the home, and was familiar with the home.
Middlesex NJ Burglary Penalties
Both Reed and Naughton are facing charges of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. Under N.J.S.A 2C:18-2, burglary is considered a third-degree felony, and Reed and Naughton will face penalties including 3-5 years of jail time. Penalties would be increased to 5-10 years of jail time if the men were found to be armed with a deadly weapon during the burglary, or if either of the men had purposely inflicted bodily injury on another person, or threatened or attempted to do so, during the course of the burglary. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3(a), theft charges may be classified as a disorderly persons offense if the value of stolen items totals less than $200, in which case penalties will include possible jail time of up to 6 months. However, if the value of stolen items exceeds $200, penalties then escalate according to the total value of items stolen; up to 18 months of jail time for theft of over $200, up to 5 years of jail time for theft of over $500, and up to a maximum of 10 years of jail time for theft of over $75,000 worth of
property. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3, criminal mischief charges can be brought for the damage allegedly caused to the home by Reed and Naughton, with penalties ranging from a $1,000 maximum fine and up to 6 months of jail time, to fines of up to $150,000 and 5-10 years of jail time, depending on the value of the loss caused as a result of the damage to the home.