According to police, 29-year-old Toms River resident Kevin Soloman was arrested on September 27th in connection with a burglary incident that occurred at The Greek Spot in Ocean Township three days prior. After his first court appearance, Solomon was released on his own recognizance.
The following day, there was another burglary at the same Route 35 deli. Police say the suspect matched Soloman’s description. Shorly thereafter, Soloman was taken into custody by police in Neptune on an outstanding warrant out of Asbury Park. The warrant was also associated with burglary charges.
Now, Soloman is facing charges for both burglaries in Ocean Township, as well as theft, criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools. He has also been charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia possession, and possession of syringes.
Understanding Burglary and Theft in NJ
It is important to note that the defendant in this case is charged with both burglary and theft. There is a significant distinction between these offenses under New Jersey law, as burglary does not require the actual commission of another crime, but only the intent to commit one. In other words, you can be charged with burglary for entering a structure with the intent to commit a theft and also charged with theft for actually stealing something.
New Jersey codifies burglary under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. According to this statute, burglary is typically a third degree crime. Third degree crimes are punishable by a term of imprisonment ranging from 3 to 5 years. Criminal mischief and theft offenses are more variable in their grading, as the extent of property damage or value of stolen property determines the degree of these charges.
For example, criminal mischief is a relatively low-level disorderly persons offense if the property damage is valued at $500 or less. However, it can be as serious as a second degree crime if the defendant tampers with a public service and someone is killed as a result (N.J.S.A. 2C: 17-3).
Ocean Township Theft Defense Attorneys
Obviously, there are several complexities associated with burglary and theft charges. Understanding the requirements that the State must meet to prove these accusations beyond a reasonable doubt can provide multiple effective defense options. At Proetta & Oliver, our Ocean County criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against charges for property crimes. From our offices in Toms River, we appear in municipal and superior courts in Ocean County and surrounding communities on a regular basis. If you have been charged with burglary or theft in Ocean Township or elsewhere at the Jersey Shore, contact us today for a free consultation. We can be reached online or by phone 24/7 at (848) 238-2100.
For more information related to this case, access the following article: Ocean deli burglary suspect breaks in again after release: Police