It was during the overnight hours in late July that nearly a dozen Bergenfield residents had items removed from their unlocked vehicles -- phone chargers, sunglasses, battery packs, wallets and credit cards, among them – in almost no time.
Borough detectives investigated, and on Friday announced that they’d collared four suspects.
Charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and conspiracy were three Bergenfield men: Jonathan Figueroa, Samuel Madera and John Arcila, all 18.
Also taken into custody was a 17-year-old borough boy who was issued a delinquency complaint accusing him of the same offenses, Detective Lt. William Duran said.
The trio hit 11 vehicles in all, stealing roughly $600 in valuables, Duran said.
The adults were released pending an Oct. 2 first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack. The boy was released to a parent pending a closed hearing in the Family Part of Superior Court, also in Hackensack.
Duran once again urged residents to lock vehicles and not keep valuables in plain view.
“Most of these [thefts] are crimes of opportunity and can be avoided,” the lieutenant said.
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