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May 04, 2021

4 Individuals Arrested for String of Burglaries Across New Jersey

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of four individuals who have been charged in a multi-agency investigation for allegedly conspiring as members of a criminal ring responsible for numerous residential burglaries across much of New Jersey.

The participating law enforcement agencies have worked collaboratively to investigate 84 burglaries that were committed from October 2020 through March 2021 in eight counties in New Jersey including Morris, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Passaic, Monmouth, Middlesex and Union — as well as lower New York state. As detailed in the statement of probable cause in the criminal complaints filed against the defendants, the burglaries involved a similar modus operandi, and it is suspected that the same burglary ring was involved in each of them.

The perpetrators of the burglaries forced entry through a doorway, usually in the afternoon or early evening, then stole cash, jewelry and other valuables from the master bedroom and/or other areas of the residence. More than $500,000 in cash, jewelry and other valuables was stolen in total in the 84 burglaries.

The four individuals who were arrested have been charged by the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau in connection with 16 of those burglaries that occurred in Morris, Bergen, Essex, Somerset, Passaic and Union Counties. However, the investigation is ongoing, and further charges may be filed in connection with the other burglaries.

Investigators urge anyone who might have relevant information about the defendants or any of the burglaries to call the Division of Criminal Justice confidentially at 866-TIPS-4CJ.

The final defendant, Keith Perry, was arrested on April 30 in North Carolina by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on a warrant obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice. He is being held in Union County (North Carolina) Jail pending extradition. The other three defendants were arrested in early April in New Jersey and were ordered detained pending trial.

The following four defendants were charged by complaint-warrant with the offenses listed (one count of each offense unless otherwise indicated):

  • Keith Perry, 38, of Teaneck: second degree conspiracy, second degree burglary, third degree burglary (15 counts), second degree theft and second degree receiving stolen property. Perry is charged with second degree burglary in connection with a burglary on Dec. 23, 2020 in Englewood, during which he allegedly threatened a homeowner by making a motion with his hand inside his sweatshirt as though he had a gun and saying, “I’ll shoot you.”
  • Porsche Brown, 29, of Lodi: second degree conspiracy, third degree burglary (six counts), third degree theft and third degree receiving stolen property.
  • Kay Brown, 23, of Paterson (no relation to Porsche Brown): second degree conspiracy, third degree burglary (three counts) and third degree theft.
  • Gregory Lewis, 37, of Teaneck: second degree conspiracy and third degree burglary.

After Perry was involved in a car accident in Hackensack on March 17, 2021, investigators obtained a search warrant for the Mercedes-Benz GL 450 he was driving and found proceeds from one of the burglaries in the car. On Feb. 12, 2021, Porsche Brown used a pawn shop in Vineland to pawn a significant amount of jewelry that is being investigated as suspected burglary proceeds.

The multi-agency investigation was led by the Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey State Police, Verona Police Department, New Milford Police Department, and Teaneck Police Department, assisted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and the 40 additional municipal police departments listed below.

“This is an outstanding example of law enforcement collaboration,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We worked with law enforcement agencies across nearly half of New Jersey to identify and arrest the alleged members of this burglary ring, who sought cash, jewelry, and other valuables in the targeted residences, including homes that were occupied during the break-ins. With each burglary in a new town, law enforcement forged a new partnership to address this threat and shut down this major crime spree.”

Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, added, “Every agency involved with this investigation understood that it was paramount that we identify and apprehend the members of this ring because their willingness to commit these crimes while homeowners were present demonstrated that they were prepared to engage in confrontation, which could easily have escalated into violence.”

Chief Christopher Kiernan, of the Verona Police Department, said, “I must applaud Verona Detective TJ Conroy and Detective Lieutenant Timothy Banta who stayed with this case from the day of the Verona burglary in early December. They broke many leads that directly resulted in these arrests. Much credit also should be given to Cedar Grove Police Officer Dominick Buscio. While on diligent patrol, Officer Buscio heard the transmission of our burglary in progress and located the suspect vehicle traveling through Cedar Grove, thereby securing a critical piece of evidence.”

In addition to the law enforcement agencies listed above, the following police departments participated in the collaborative investigation:

  • Bedminster Police Department
  • Berkeley Heights Police Department
  • Bernardsville Police Department
  • Boonton Police Department
  • Bridgewater Police Department
  • Cedar Grove Police Department
  • Clarkstown (New York) Police Department
  • Clinton Township Police Department
  • Englewood Police Department
  • Fairview Police Department
  • Glen Rock Police Department
  • Hackensack Police Department
  • Haledon Police Department
  • Harrington Park Police Department
  • Holmdel Police Department
  • Little Falls Police Department
  • Livingston Police Department
  • Madison Police Department
  • Manalapan Police Department
  • Marlboro Police Department
  • Milburn Police Department
  • Monroe Police Department
  • Montclair Police Department
  • Montville Police Department
  • North Caldwell Police Department
  • North Haledon Police Department
  • Northvale Police Department
  • Paramus Police Department
  • Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department
  • Pearl River (New York) Police Department
  • Randolph Police Department
  • Tenafly Police Department
  • Totowa Police Department
  • Warren Township Police Department
  • Washington Township Police Department (Bergen County)
  • Watchung Police Department
  • Wayne Police Department
  • West Orange Police Department
  • Woodcliff Lake Police Department
  • Wyckoff Police Department