Parsippany Police Office Ross Cooper and others along with officers from Montville responded to a Sweetwood Court home at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, February 1 on report of a burglary in progress. On arrival, a male resident reported that he returned home, and finding the front door locked, went to the back door where he reported hearing footsteps and voices. Upon spotting the resident, two male suspects wearing gray hooded sweatshirts left the scene on foot, one fleeing south behind the home and the other running north toward Vail Road.
A second resident was inside the home with her boyfriend during the incident and heard her brother outside yelling to “call the police”. Officer Marcin Czajka located one suspect on Vail Road at Stafford Road, and the victim was able to identify him as one of the actors spotted outside his home.
An investigation revealed that the victim’s boyfriend, Raymond Jaquez, 18, Paterson, had knowledge that his two friends were going to commit a burglary at the home of his girlfriend and attempted to distract her while the crime occurred when the second resident arrived home and interrupted the crime in progress. The 17 year old male juvenile suspect was authorized to be housed at the Morris County Youth Detention Center and was charged on Juvenile Delinquency Complaints with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy. The second suspect left the scene in an unknown vehicle and charges are pending.
Mr. Jaquez was charged with Burglary, Theft of Moveable Property and Conspiracy and was committed to the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of the $10,000 bail (no 10%) set by Judge Frese.
Items reported stolen from the residence included a flat screen television, a laptop and a Mac Book Pro. An investigator from the Morris County Criminal Investigative Section also responded to process the crime scene.