YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood detectives arrested an 18-year-old homeless man at the local library yesterday in connection with 10 commercial burglaries in the city and four others in Bergenfield and Teaneck the past two months.
Tyron Jamil Thompson also was charged with conspiring to burglarize a West Palisade Avenue wireless store in Englewood.
( EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite a report on another media site, Thompson as of 8:30 p.m. was officially charged only with the Englewood incidents and was being investigated by detectives from the other town towns — both of whom said they expected to serve charges on him at the jail soon.)
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification matched a fingerprint lifted after a Jan. 16 burglary attempt at a Depot Square fitness center to Thompson.
At the same time, city Detective Barry Miller developed evidence tying Thompson to a North Dean Street ice cream store break-in last Thursday in which $400 was taken from the cash register thanks a key stolen from an employee.
Early yesterday, Detective Sgt. Chris Kedersha and Detective Chris Quirk spotted Thompson at the Englewood Library on Engle Street and arrested him without incident, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
He was carrying “a significant amount of foreign currency” Torell said.
Detective Mike Chapman joined Miller and Quirk in interviewing Thompson, leading to several burglary and conspiracy charges.
The foreign currency and other evidence linked Thompson to four more commercial burglaries in Bergenfield and Teaneck, Torell said.
“Detectives from those towns were notified and their investigations are ongoing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Thompson remained held on $100,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
“This arrest was the result of great detective work and should be good news to our small business owners in the city and surrounding areas,” Englewood Police Chief Lawrence Suffern said.
“We would urge businesses to avoid keeping ‘starting money’ in their locations overnight and to have air-conditioners professionally and securely installed,” the chief added.
Air conditioners were pushed in during four of the break-ins: at an East Palisade Avenue applicance store on Dec. 20 in which $100 in coins was taken, at a Grand Avenue restaurant in which $200 in cash was swiped from a tip jar, at an Engle Street shoemaker’s where $150 was taken from the register — both on Jan. 22 — and at a Bergen Street variety store early yesterday where nothing was reported taken.
Rear windows were broken at other area businesses — including a West Palisade Avenue Chinese restaurant that reported $100 in coins missing on Jan. 16 and an East Palisade Avenue dry cleaners where $200 in cash was taken five days later.
Torell said Thompson broke into the dry cleaners for a second time early yesterday but “because of the prior burglary, no cash was kept in the store and there was nothing else taken.”
Thompson also broke a glass pane to get into a Grand Avenue gas station, but Torell said it couldn’t be determined what, if anything, was taken.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD