Somerset County officials announced the arrest of Jason M. Milak, 24, Branchburg, for Receiving Stolen Property from two burglaries in Branchburg Township.
Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart stated that on May 9, the Branchburg Police responded to a residential burglary on River Road in Branchburg Township.
A witness reported seeing a work van in the area and provided the responding officers a description of said vehicle.
According to Prosecutor Taggart, on June 9, at approximately 3:26 a.m., a resident of Cedar Grove Road called the Branchburg Police Department reporting that an unknown male had attempted to enter his parked vehicle but subsequently fled when he observed the caller.
A second male caller from Cedar Grove Road also reported to police that someone had entered their parked vehicle and removed a backpack containing two laptop computers and several other electronic items sometime during the early morning hours.
Prosecutor Taggart stated that the investigation led authorities to obtain a Somerset County Superior Court authorized search warrant, which was subsequently executed on Friday, June 10, at an area hotel room where Jason Milak had been residing.
According to Prosecutor Taggart, a search of the room revealed proceeds from the aforementioned vehicle burglary along with drug paraphernalia.
Detectives also located stolen credit cards belonging to the homeowner from the burglary on River Road, which was previously reported on May 9.
Branchburg Officers subsequently arrested defendant Jason Milak on June 10 at his place of employment without incident.
Prosecutor Taggart stated that defendant Milak was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Fraudulent Possession of a Credit Card and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Disorderly Persons Offense.
Somerset County officials request anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Branchburg Township Police Department at (908) 526-3830.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.