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New Milford Police File Additional Charges On Suspected Burglar

Suspected burglar, Jeremy Buttigieg, charged by New Milford police with two additional counts of burglary.

Chief of Police Frank Papapietro reported that two additional counts of burglary have been charged to Jeremy Buttigieg, 27, of New Milford. Buttigieg is currently being held at the Bergen County Jail on two counts of burglary issued by New Milford Police for burglaries that occurred on North Park Drive in July and August.

At the time of the August burglary, Papapietro said that a search of Buttigieg’s residence revealed numerous jewelry items and a loaded handgun, but Buttigieg, who was being held at the Bergen County Jail on charges stemming from a Bogota burglary, was released on bail before New Milford's charges were filed and had gone into hiding. Detectives learned that Buttigieg was boasting that he would not be taken.

On Sept. 20, Papapietro announced that with the assistance of Paramus Police, Detective Lt. Frank Ramaci and Officer Kevin VanSaders arrested Buttigieg in the food court at the Garden State Plaza, and he was remanded to the Bergen County Jail.

Papapietro told Patch in September, "Buttigieg is wanted on numerous burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and weapons charges."

Papapietro added, "He is also facing drug trafficking charges in both Maine and New Jersey."

As a result of the September arrest, Papapietro reported that Buttigieg was transported to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail from the New Milford charges and said that he is also facing charges from Bogota and Maywood, with complaints pending in Closter. He added that there is also an outstanding fugitive warrant from Maine.

Papapietro said that while recently reviewing unsolved burglary cases, VanSaders identified two with similar entry methods as the ones used in the burglaries on North Park Drive that Buttigieg is charged with. He also noticed that these burglaries were in close proximity to Buttugieg’s residence. After the victims identified several of the jewelry items located during the search of Buttigieg’s residence, Papapietro said that VanSaders was able to link Buttigieg to the burglaries.

"While interviewing him at the Bergen County Jail, VanSaders and Ramaci said that Buttigieg admitted to the two additional burglaries," Papapietro said. 

New Milford Police have subsequently charged Buttigieg with two additional counts of Burglary and Theft.  


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tony g2010 December 07, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Pleeeeeease! He is very lucky he was not on the wrong end of a loaded gun in one of the houses he robbed. Didn't turn out too well for a young man and his female cousin that broke into the "wrong" house a couple of weeks ago. They paid their debt to society with their lives, count yourself lucky he is still alive. It is not up to the police to rehabilitate a junkie, when he gets out in 5-10 years, YOU can get him the help he apparently needs.
Pat December 07, 2012 at 11:21 PM
"waiting for the authorities to live up to their responsibilities" - They did, the locked him up. The jail will help him cleanup if he wants.
Lori December 08, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Poor Jeremy? BOO HOO! He CLAIMS he was denied the help he needs -- maybe it's time to stop making excuses! He didn't want to go BACK to jail, but yet he was breaking into houses. If he knew he needed help, why didn't he turn himself in and CONFESS? No, instead he broke into houses and took jewelery, money, figurines and god knows what else. HE BROKE INTO MY HOUSE, MY HOME!!!! I don't care that he confessed, what about the things he stole from me, my children and the other homes he broke into? Imagine the feeling of being violated and not feeling safe in your own home. I have young children and I work VERY hard for the few nice things I have. CORRECTION: "HAD". Why should anyone feel bad for this THIEF, who messed up his own life? He is a junkie and a thief ....is it be possible he might be "fibbing" about what he feels he is entitled to? Instead of making excuses and supporting this man, who got exactly what he deserves, someone should try making restitution for his actions to the INNOCENT families that were affected. It's so easy to blame others, turn a blind eye, make excuses or just refuse to take responsibility for our self and/or our family; but to read a comment about how a thief, who stole from innocent families, was wronged ..... that's a joke!!!!
Eric Walmach December 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
If he wanted help, should have turned himself in. !!!!!!!!!
Denise December 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I am not a junkie, and this guy obviously needs help....but maybe someday you will know that THINGS don't mean a thing.....no pun intended.....


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