YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Teaneck and Englewood police teamed up to charge a 42-year-old ex-con fugitive from North Carolina in connection with a series of break-ins near the border of both towns.
Teaneck detectives looking for career burglar Antonio Singletary spotted him shopping in downtown Englewood yesterday and arrested him in a rented vehicle on First Street.
A search of the vehicle turned up jewelry, coins, electronics and other valuables stolen in area burglaries, as well as drug paraphernalia and a pipe cutter, Teaneck Police Chief Robert Carney said this afetrnoon.
Englewood detectives joined their Teaneck colleagues and the two squads worked the case throughout the day, questioning Singletary and examining the evidence found.
Before they were done, Teaneck investigators charged Singletary with five counts of burglary and four of theft, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and burglar tools.
Englewood detectives charged him with four counts each of burglary and theft, including:
An Oct. 12 Oakland Street burglary in which $10,000 worth of jewelry and electronics were taken — and all of which was were recovered;
A Coolidge Avenue break-in on Oct. 13, during which an as-yet-undetermined amount of cash was taken;
The Oct. 17 theft of more than $500 worth of copper wire from a Tietjen Avenue residence.
The theft of more than $500 in brass fittings from a vacant First Street residence on an undetermined date.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 280-pound Singletary has an adult criminal history in New Jersey that stretches back 20 years — including arrests for burglary, robbery and drug and weapons possession, court records show.
He was being held on a combined $300,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
Singletary also was wanted on warrants out of Essex County, Garner, NC, and Allegheny County in Pennsylvania.
“Our detectives work very closely with Teaneck detectives on almost a daily basis because we share a certain segment of the criminal element in this area,” Englewood Police Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT early this afternoon. “The cooperation between our agencies serves both communities well.”
Authorities noted that some property that detectives recovered from Singletary may or may not have been reported to police.
“We are asking any of our residents who may have experienced any type of burglaries or thefts from their homes that have not been reported to contact us,” Torell said.
Teaneck PD: (201) 837 2565
Englewood PD: (201) 568-4875
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF