Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pizzeria Burglary Suspects Charged

Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department announces the arrest of Brian Barone (51) of Clifton, N.J. and a 15 year old juvenile accomplice, whose name is being withheld due to his age, on burglary and other related charges. The incident that led to the arrests occurred on August 25, 2017 at Puzo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante located at 397 Route 46 West in Fairfield, N.J..

On that date, at approximately 0230 AM, the owner of the restaurant was contacted by his alarm company and notified of an alarm activation. After remotely viewing surveillance cameras and seeing nothing out of the ordinary, the owner cancelled the police department’s response to the building. After that, it is alleged that two actors then entered the restaurant and ultimately stole cash from within. The burglary was discovered the next day when employees arrived to open the business.

Investigation by Detective Ian Rasmussen indicated that the actors allegedly forced open the rear door but apparently did not immediately enter. After waiting, they allegedly entered the business and eventually stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The pair was in fact captured on the business’ surveillance camera system. Fairfield investigators then sent copies of the surveillance photos to various police agencies within the state. Detectives from both the Clifton and Bloomfield Police Departments recognized the pair and positively identified them.

Warrants were issued for Barone’s arrest. He was taken into custody after leaving his Clifton residence on August 30, 2017 by the Clifton Police Department and turned over to Fairfield. Further investigation revealed that Barone is allegedly employed as an electrician by a Passaic business and very often is sent out to do service calls at such stores as Staples, K-Mart and Trader Joes. It is alleged that after completing these calls, he would then seek out other business in the area of these stores to burglarize.It is alleged that the pair have now also been linked to commercial burglaries in both Yorktown and Mamaroneck, New York.

In addition to the burglary charge, Barone was also charged with theft, possession of burglar tools, employing a juvenile in the commission of a crime, and conspiracy. He was eventually transported to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending a bail hearing in the superior court. The juvenile was charged with burglary and conspiracy and will be referred to the Family Court for adjudication of the case.

“This has been and still is a great cooperative effort between various law enforcement agencies resulting in the arrest of a serial commercial burglar and his young accomplice” said Chief Anthony G. Manna. “The investigation is still ongoing and we are hoping that it will result in clearing other open burglary cases in both this state and others” said the chief.

(It should be noted that the charges against the pair are merely allegations and that both are presumed innocent until they either plead guilty or are found guilty in a court of law)



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