YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood police charged a summer temp with breaking into two condos where he was working maintenance — one of them twice — after residents reported pricey and very sentimental belongings missing.
Dairon Salazar, 25, a Colombian immigrant legally living in Englewood, had sold jewelry stolen in the thefts to a Paramus shop and was planning on shipping some of the other items to his homeland for profit, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
The Cross Creek Condominium Association on Broad Avenue in Englewood “began an internal investigation and discovered overwhelming evidence that Salazar was involved in the thefts,” Torell said.
“They, in turn, contacted our Detective Bureau and the case was assigned to Detectives Christopher Quirk and Carlos Marte,” he said. “They questioned Salazar throughout the day yesterday, eventually leading to his arrest and a search of his home last night.”
The search turned up thousands of dollars worth of stolen items, including laptops, iPads, headphones, gold 5S iPhones and Playstations, Torell said.
The jewelry, recovered with help from Paramus police, “had great sentimental value to one of our victims,” the captain said. “We were ecstatic to locate those pieces.”
Salazar apparently had a set of keys to one of the units, Torell said. An investigation was continuing into where he got them.
Salazar also snatched packages from doorsteps and front porches throughout the complex as he went about his daily duties, the captain said.
He was being held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with three counts each of burglary and theft, as the investigation continues.
That bail is expected to increase as detectives add more chartes today, Torells aid.
“We are advising residents in the complex who have noticed missing items in their homes in the last two months or so, as well as packages that they were expecting that never arrived, to contact our detectives at 201-568-4875,” he said.
In the burglaries, Salazar “was extremely neat and took selected items,” Torell said, “so some of the residents may have thought whatever they were missing were perhaps misplaced.”
Englewood police also notified the U.S. Postal Service of the ongoing investigation, he said.
MUGSHOTS: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD
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