Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

33 Charged in Paterson Break-Ins

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

33 Charged in Paterson Break-Ins

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PATERSON - Paterson police have charged 33 suspects with burglary and related crimes in recent weeks, most of them repeat offenders, including a 37-year-old Bergen County man who has been arrested 34 other times.

Seven of the nine men arrested in the most recent cases, pictured above, had more than a dozen previous cases against them.

Take, for example, Eduardo Masdeu of Bogota.

When Paterson detectives developed evidence to charge him with a July 2012 burglary on East 43rd Street, he already was in the Southern State Correctional Facility in Cumberland County, serving a five-year sentence on burglary, shoplifting, drug possession and assault charges.

Masdeu has 20 felony convictions on a criminal record that dates to 1994 for crimes in more than 10 towns, including Lyndhurst, Ho- Ho-Kus, Ridgefield Park, Paramus, Wayne, Teaneck, Hackensack, South Hackensack, North Bergen and Jersey City.

The recent Paterson arrests began on April 10, when three people were arrested, and continued into last week. Among the 33 suspects, 28 are from Paterson, two from Clifton, one from Hackensack, one from Morristown and Masdeu from Bogota. Three of the accused are juveniles, and one is a woman. Almost half of them are in their 40s and 50s.

Most of the people arrested during Paterson's burglary crackdown also have drug charges on their records. Police said such suspects often commit burglaries to pay for their next high.

"Those are tremendous numbers," said Mayor Jeffery Jones. "It just goes to show the gravity of our condition and the burden we bear."

One of the accused, Terry Tisder, is an employee of the city's Public Works Department. Tisder, 44, was suspended after the charge was filed against him, said Christopher Coke, the public works director. "We don't terminate, we wait for the outcome of the charges," Coke said.

Burglary is Paterson's second-most prevalent crime, surpassed only by theft. Paterson had 1,790 burglaries in 2011 and 1,611 in 2012.

Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez said city police recently received DNA analyses of evidence collected at burglary scenes that helped in about nine of the cases. The police patrol division also has helped pick up a number of the suspects, the captain said.

Rodriguez said cooperation from witnesses, victims and pawnshops also has been crucial to identifying suspects. The Police Department plans to crack down on pawnshops that don't take the requisite measures to ensure the items being pawned were not stolen, he said.

In just two of the 33 cases have the stolen items been recovered, Rodriguez said. Jewelry, video games and cash are the items most commonly stolen, the captain said.

"There are occasions when they take a large item like a television set, but normally it's something small that they can easily conceal," said Rodriguez.

The burglaries happened at homes throughout the city. Rodriguez said that more often than not, the target is an average-looking house and not one of the city's mansions. …

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