Police: Man caught with heroin charged with 2 Secaucus burglaries in 7 hours

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A man was caught with heroin after he unsuccessfully tried to break into a Secaucus resident’s home, later identified as trying to rob another house just seven hours later, police said.

Joseph Murphy. Photo courtesy of Secaucus police.
Joseph Murphy. Photo courtesy of Secaucus police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Joseph F. Murphy, 39, of Newton, was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, theft of moveable property, defiant trespass, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession of hypodermic needles, two counts of possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.

Yesterday around 10:40 a.m., the Secaucus Police Department responded to a Pandolfi Avenue home on a report of a residential burglary in progress. The homeowner was home at the time and called police to report the incident, authorities said.

However, the burglar did not fully gain entry into the residence. Prior to police arrival, the alleged burglar fled the area. During a search of the area, the man was spotted by officers. After a brief foot pursuit, Murphy was apprehended and placed under arrest, officials said.

At the time of his arrest, Murphy was found in possession of a quantity of heroin, hypodermic needles and burglar’s tools. Additionally, Murphy had a detainer filed for him by the Probation Office of Sussex County as a result of this incident, police said.

Then, at 5:54 p.m. on the same day, a 3rd Street resident called the Secaucus Police Department and reported that his home was burglarized and some valuables were stolen, officials said.

During an on scene investigation, enough evidence was obtained from the scene, including surveillance images of Murphy within the residence. As a result, he was charged with the commission of this burglary, authorities said.

Police Chief Kevin Flaherty thanked the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.

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