Police: 10 vacationing French teens charged with 12 Secaucus car burglaries

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10 teenage nationals from France staying at a hotel in Secaucus were charged with 12 car burglaries last week, police said.

Photo via redroofinn.com.
Photo via redroofinn.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, July 21st, numerous vehicle burglaries were reported to the Secaucus Police
Department. In total, 12) vehicles were reported to have been burglarized after 4:00 a.m. in the area of Second Street, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.

During the initial police response, patrol and detective division personnel worked collaboratively to process each vehicle for evidence and conduct a canvass of the area, officials said.

As a result, surveillance footage was obtained from several locations that captured
the group of, what appeared to be juveniles, committing the burglaries.

On July 22nd, shortly after 3:00 a.m., Police Officer Michael Bronowich was patrolling the area plagued with vehicle burglaries the night before.

Near Pandolfi and Golden Avenues, he observed what appeared to be a large group of juveniles, walking between cars while using flashlights.

Bronowich then discovered that several of the juveniles appeared to fit the profile from the surveillance footage. Nine juveniles, both male and female, ranging in age from 13-17, were taken into custody, authorities said.

A 15-year-old female juvenile was later taken into custody at the Red Roof Inn for her role in the burglaries, police said.

Some of the juveniles were wearing the same clothing they had on the night before while committing the burglaries.

The juveniles were all French Nationals on a Summer Camp Retreat and were staying at the Red Roof Inn in Secaucus with adult guardians, officials said.

The group collectively went out for walks whereby they committed the vehicle burglaries. Further investigation led to the recovery of some of the proceeds from the burglaries on July 21st.

All the vehicles burglarized were left unlocked, therefore, Police Chief Kevin Flaherty reminds all residents to be sure to lock their vehicles to reduce the ability to commit this “crime of opportunity.”

All 10 juveniles were each charged with 12 counts of burglary and 12 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, authorities said.

Three juveniles were each additionally charged with three counts of theft and one juvenile was also charged with receiving stolen property, officials said.

All the juveniles were ordered to be released to their guardians, but their passports have been seized and they are due in court today.

Anyone with any additional information regarding the vehicle burglaries is asked to
contact the Secaucus Police Detective Division at (201)330-2052 or
detectivedivision@secaucus.net.