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Wood-Ridge police detective work cracks area burglaries

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: Legwork and a handy break helped Wood-Ridge police crack a series of borough, Carlstadt and East Rutherford burglaries with the arrests of two men.
A neighbor supplied a surveillance video that showed the vehicle used in the Oct. 1 break-in on Center Street. It came back owned by a Union City woman, Police Chief Joseph Rutigliano told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

A few weeks later, Detective Joe Rutigliano pulled the car over for several motor vehicle violations, the chief said.

Inside were three men — two of whom fit the descriptions of suspects witnesses said they saw at burglaries in Carlstadt and East Rutherford, he said.

Adrian Rodriguez ( above, left ), 39, who had been using the car since moving to Carlstadt from Union City, was arrested on heroin possession charges.

The two others, 35-year-old Marino Ortiz ( above, right ) and Antonio Misel, 44, both of Union City, were charged with possession of hypodermic needles.

While in custody, Adrian Rodriguez confessed to being the wheelman in the Oct. 1 break-in, the chief told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

What’s more, he identified Ortiz as the burglar, Rutigliano said.

Ortiz was being held on $10,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary and theft.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was released without bail pending a court hearing on charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and theft.

Rutigliano thanked Carlstadt police for their assistance in identifying Rodriguez.

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