Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said today that a New Brunswick man was convicted on all counts in the burglary of a local discount and clothing store in New Brunswick.
According to officials, Benjamin Collins, 39, of New Brunswick was convicted by a jury, on February 16, 2018, of burglary in the third degree, theft by unlawful taking in the third degree, and resisting arrest in the fourth degree.
Authorities said Collins faces a prison term of up to 10 years in state prison when he is sentenced in New Brunswick on April 13, 2018 by Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Paone. The defendant faces this extended term due to his prior convictions.
During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Amber Gibbs presented evidence and testimony showing that on May 14, 2017 Collins entered the building through the air conditioner hole and stole over $500 worth of merchandise.
The investigation was conducted by Detective Thierry Lemmerling of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Gregory Macdonald of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.