Linden Police have announced that Mike Kondilas, 23, of Linden, was arrested and is charged with burglary for his alleged role in the burglary of a local car dealership.
According to police, on December 11, 2021, at approximately 10:45 p.m., Kondilas allegedly forced his way into the Car Complex, 522 W. St. George Avenue, and stole keys to multiple vehicles.
Police said that Kondilas then allegedly stole a vehicle from the parking lot and fled the scene.
The stolen vehicle, a black 2011 Infiniti M37, was recovered at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on December 12.
According to police, the driver of the vehicle fled from the scene prior to police arrival.
Detectives quickly identified Kondilas as the driver in the crash and subsequently as the burglary suspect.
He was arrested at his home on January 4, without incident.
According to officials, Kondilas is charged with burglary, as well multiple counts of criminal mischief and theft.
He was remanded to the Essex County Jail pending an appearance in Union County Superior Court.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to reduce violent crime and burglary,” said Linden Police Chief David Hart.
“I am very proud of the work that led to these charges, and I am grateful for the continued efforts of our Officers and Detectives to protect our community.”