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Police Intercept Alleged Burglars in Pine Brook Road Neighborhood

North Bergen man turned over to Morris County Jail on burglary, theft charges.

Joel Batista, 30, of North Bergen, was charged with burglary and theft Friday, after Montville police found him on Pine Brook Road while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle and an attempted burglary in the neighborhood, police said.

Police were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle with two men in it parked on Pine Brook Road late Friday afternoon, when reports of an attempted break-in, as well as a confirmed burglary on Horseneck Road, were also received.

Police said Batista was found on Pine Brook Road, in an area where they also discovered a house with a damaged front door, which appeared to have been partially pushed in. Further investigation located the vehicle, with a second man waiting in it, who was taken into custody and released pending further investigation.

Fairfield and Montville police investigated the Horseneck Road property which had been burglarized, but details on items taken have not been released.

Batista was turned over to the Morris County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bail with no 10 percent option.  

Andie February 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Call on those suspicious cars!!
poptart February 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Good job, Montville PD and to the people who called it in to the police!
kyle February 18, 2013 at 04:38 AM
Great teamwork between the Fairfield PD and Montville PD -
Denise Renny February 19, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Also found pushed in front doors today. We need the police to send out a reverse 911 and WARN residents to lock up their cars and homes and be vigilant in watching neighbors' houses.
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