A stolen car helped tie three ex-cons to the $3 million burglary of 50 Cent’s luxury apartment above the Hudson River, authorities said.
The rapper, songwriter, TV producer and actor posted on Instagram that he was in Miami the third week of January, which law enforcement sources said afforded the thieves the opportunity.
50 – whose real name is Curtis Jackson – reported the break-in of his apartment to Cliffside Park police on Jan. 17.
It “involved an estimated loss of approximately three million dollars in U.S. currency and jewelry,” Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Friday, without identifying him as the victim.
Law enforcement sources said the burglars broke in through a garage door window and took the booty from an unlocked safe.
Musella’s Special Investigations Squad eventually targeted three suspects: Travis Villalobos of West New York and Richard Murphy of Jersey City, both 31, and Matthew Gale, 40, of East Rutherford.
All have criminal histories, records show.
These include a 2015 home invasion in Fair Lawn for which Villalobos was charged.
"The unit involved is leased by one of Mr. Jackson's corporate entities," his attorney, Stephen J. Savva, said Friday afternoon. "Mr. Jackson resides in Houston, Texas."
The night of the reported break-in, Cliffside Park police recovered a vehicle in the area that had been reported stolen, Musella said.
They later “reviewed area surveillance footage and tied the stolen vehicle to the burglary,” the prosecutor said.
It was the getaway car, law enforcement sources said.
On May 19, his detectives and borough police raided Gale’s home – assisted by a Bergen County Regional SWAT Team – and took him into custody.
Five days later, Villalobos was arrested in Florida. He remained held there in the custody of the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.
Murphy, meanwhile, was being held in the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny.
Gale’s whereabouts Friday weren’t immediately known.
All three are charged with burglary, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.
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