A 16-year-old homeless male has been charged in connection with burglaries at an East Bergen Place business and an adjacent house, Red Bank Police say.
The suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested yesterday after a short chase.
The case began earlier in the day with the report of a break-in through a basement window of the business, according to Capt. Steve McCarthy.
During the investigation, police noticed that a basement window of the house next door was also broken. The house had been the scene of an Oct. 22 arrest of a 16-year-old male, who was charged with criminal trespass.
Small personal items of token value were taken from both locations, McCarthy said.
With the cooperation of the homeowner, police installed a temporary alarm system in the basement of the house.
That alarm was tripped at 11:12p last night, McCarthy said. Police responding to the alarm saw a subject fleeing from the house, and after a short foot chase, Sgt. Michael Furlong apprehended the suspect on Arthur Place, an adjoining street.
The suspect was the same juvenile arrested for entering the house a week earlier, McCarthy said.
The juvenile was charged with two counts of burglary and theft, three counts of criminal mischief, and one count of criminal trespass and resisting arrest., with the charges forwarded to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office for prosecution.
The suspect was taken to the Monmouth County Youth Detention Center in Freehold.