are seeking the public's help in locating Jeremy Buttigieg, 27, of New Milford who is wanted on charges of burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property.
Buttigieg is wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred on July 12 on North Park Drive where jewelry and cash were taken from the master bedroom, Police Chief Frank Papapietro said.
The homeowner reported that some time between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., someone entered the house through an unlocked first floor window, ransacked the master bedroom and took numerous pieces of jewelry. Papapietro said that the homeowner later reported that $300 in cash was also missing from the residence.
Papapietro said that New Milford police broadcast the details of the robbery to other police departments and was informed by Bogota police that they had arrested Buttigieg in connection with a burglary of a Bogota home and remanded him to the Bergen County Jail, but he was released on bail before New Milford's charges were filed.
The Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit (BCUI) matched the prints taken from the North Park Drive scene with Buttigieg's prints on file with Bogota Police, according to Papapietro.
"A search of Buttigieg's residence by Police Officers Van Saders and Wester, and Sgt. Brian Clancy recovered numerous items of jewelry, foreign currency, collectible coins and a loaded .25 caliber Berretta handgun from a rear yard storage shed," Papapietro said.
"The victim was notified and positively identified a majority of the jewelry as belonging to her," he added.
Jeremy Buttigieg was charged by New Milford Police with burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property.
New Milford Municipal Judge Kevin Kelly ordered $50,000 bail on Buttigieg with no 10 percent option.
Papapietro asks that anyone who knows of Buttigieg's whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 201-262-3727 or New Milford Police at 201-261-1400.
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