A Union City man was arrested for four Hoboken burglaries after being caught in the act vandalizing a building on Wednesday, police said.
Benny Rameraz, 30, of Union City, was charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft, four counts of criminal mischief, burglary tools and hindering apprehension, according to Police Det. Lt. Edgardo Cruz.
On Wednesday while patrolling the Hoboken Housing Authority area, Officers Michael Straten and Samuel Williams were dispatched to the area of 301 Jackson St. on a report of a burglary to the business, authorities said.
Upon arriving, they observed the front glass to the business damaged. Officers entered to find damage throughout the property along with damage to an ATM Machine and ceiling tiles. A walk through was conducted and the business was deemed safe, officials said.
Detectives were called to the scene to assist officers with the investigation. They were able to observe other damage to the outside of the property and other businesses. A check of a second business was conducted by Straten and Williams and found it to also have damage throughout, police said.
As they continued to canvas the business, they observed an unknown male still inside attempting to flee. The officers were able to apprehend him and safely handcuff him and place him under arrest, authorities said.
A search of his person found him to have proceeds from the other business. A name check found him to have multiple aliases, but was later identified, officials said.
The officers were able to tie the defendant to the burglary of four businesses. Rameraz entered all four causing damages in excess of $10,000. The money taken from the registers were in excess of $2,000, police said.
He was transported to headquarters where warrant complaints were generated and remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.