Bergen County Prosecutor Announces Arrests in Massive Burglary Case
Law enforcement officials had been conducting this investigation over the last 9 months after recognizing similarities in a variety of burglary cases that began in Bergen County in February.
26-year-old Jamelle Singletary, 30-year-old Lawal Erskine, 30-year-old Jamaal Sermon—all of whom are from Teaneck—and 39-year-old Queens resident David Tadjiev, were taken into custody on Thursday, November 7th. According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, they were found at Tadjiev’s Queens residence while in the process of unpacking allegedly stolen property.
A total of 21 law enforcement agencies are said to have contributed to the investigation, 15 of which are police departments in Northern New Jersey, including Englewood, Teaneck, Saddle River, Montvale, Englewood Cliffs, Tenafly, Ho-Ho-Kus, Fort Lee, Closter, Fair Lawn and Paramus.
The arrests were finally made when detectives who had Singletary under surveillance allegedly witnessed him and his co-defendants committing a series of burglary crimes in New Jersey before proceeding to Tadjiev’s home in New York. New York City officials executed search warrants at the residence shortly thereafter, where they reportedly discovered large amounts of what is believed to be stolen jewelry.
After arresting the men, all four were being held at the Westchester County jail without bail, pending their extradition to New Jersey.
Molinelli indicated that this investigation will continue, further noting that he expects additional charges to be filed against the defendants in this case.
For more information, view the following article: 3 Teaneck men charged in four-county, 30-home burglary wave