NY Man Pleads Guilty to Role in “James Bond Gang” Burglaries in Bergen County, NJ
A man accused of playing a key role in a criminal group that allegedly committed burglaries throughout New Jersey recently pleaded guilty in Bergen County Superior Court.
The suspect, a 49-year-old man from Jamaica, New York, is believed to be one of the founding members of a crew known as the “James Bond Gang.” The suspect reportedly formed the crew in the 1980s.
According to law enforcement, the James Bond Gang targeted homes located in affluent sections of Bergen County, Morris County, and Somerset County. Between July 2014 and November 2014, the James Bond Gang allegedly burglarized at least 30 residences in these areas.
Most of the burglaries followed the same modus operandi, with the suspects covering their faces with masks, breaking in through the front door, and fleeing in a getaway vehicle after committing the thefts.
The suspect ultimately pleaded guilty to charges for conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to traffic in stolen property, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Although the suspect would have faced decades in prison if he had gone to trial and been convicted on the most serious charges, it is expected that Bergen County prosecutors will recommend a lighter sentence when he appears in Bergen County Superior Court in January 2017 for a formal sentencing hearing. According to officials, prosecutors will recommend that the suspect receive a sentence of just five years in New Jersey State Prison.
Additionally, the suspect will likely have to pay $40,000 in restitution for the theft crimes.
At least one other member of the crew believed to be behind the burglary spree has also pleaded guilty to theft and burglary charges.
For further information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Member of ‘James Bond Gang’ Pleads Guilty in Burglary Spree.”