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Trenton man facing burglary, drug charges

A string of burglaries were perpetrated by a single man, Trenton police said after arresting a 51-year-old and charging him with breaking in to the Masonic Temple, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Artworks building.

The man committed nine burglaries, officials said, starting April 18 and ending last week with his arrest.

Police said that as they investigated the six break-ins at the Artworks building, two at St. Mary's and one at the Masonic Temple, they began to identify characteristics of the perpetrator. Though the Times of Trenton didn't list any of those identifying characteristics in its article, it did say detectives passed the information on to patrol officers.

The suspect was pulled over last week on West State Street and held for possessing drug paraphernalia, police said. However, officers at some point determined that the man in custody matched the description compiled by the burglary investigators, and the man was charged with those acts as well.

Officials said the suspect took electronics, food and alcohol during the break-ins, but used no single means of entry to the buildings.

He was taken to Mercer County Correction Center and held on the alleged drug violation, as well as nine counts of burglary and theft.

In an unrelated matter, two Trenton men told police they were robbed of jewelry and cash by three men carrying weapons.

The 48-year-old man and 38-year-old man said they were at Beatty and Adeline streets about nine o'clock last Thursday night when the trio of suspects approached. Two carried handguns and one held a knife, police said.

The suspects allegedly pushed the men against a wall, and removed approximately $600 in cash as well as the jewelry.

No arrests have been made and police said they have incomplete descriptions of the suspects.

These kinds of allegations are extremely serious. If someone is arrested and charged with armed robbery, they face the potential of years in prison.

Before they discuss the allegations with police, they should talk over their legal options with an experienced criminal defense law firm.

Source: NJ.com, "Trenton man accused of burglarizing city landmarks including St. Mary's Cathedral, Masonic Temple," The Times of Trenton, May 24, 2013

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