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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