Burglary Suspect Arrested


A man believed to be responsible for the robbery of a Grove Avenue home on December 4th was arrested on December 17th.


Paul R. Hecht, 39, of Cliffwood Beach, NJ, has been charged with the break-in and jewelry theft of this Metuchen home as well as homes in Edison and Old Bridge.


According to Metuchen Police Officer Dave Liantonio, arresting officer Michael Kilker made the connection between the Grove Ave crime and others after reviewing Track messages - bulletins published by area police departments providing information on crimes that other communities might benefit from.  Officer Kilker identified similarities between how the crimes were committed and realized both the Old Bridge and Edison reports referenced the same dark van.  Additional information further confirmed the suspect but that information has not been made public.


The Old Bridge police department already had the suspect detained in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick at the time of the Metuchen arrest. 


The case has been turned over to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.  Mr. Hecht, an unemployed, white male, does not fit the description of the man who broke into the Lake Avenue home, finding a teenage resident home sick from school.  The suspect in that case is a black male.


Another great job by The Metuchen Police. Good work by Officer Kilker.

This would be a nice Christmas present.

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