An Essex County resident was arrested yesterday in connection with the burglary and theft of a residence that occurred last Wednesday in Hillside.
Police say Mr. Marquill D. Wiggins of Newark, 25, is charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree theft, disorderly persons criminal mischief and third-degree possession of prescription legend drugs.
Hillside Police officers and detectives responded to a report of a burglary and theft to a Maple Avenue home at approximately 8:30pm on Wednesday, September 23rd.
The suspect entered the residence through an open basement window and stole two televisions, several boxes of sneakers and cash before fleeing the residence.
After just days of gathering evidence, the Hillside detectives were able to develop a suspect vehicle and suspect, identified as Marquill Wiggins.
According to police, on Wednesday, while searching for the suspect vehicle, detectives observed the vehicle and conducted a motor vehicle stop.
The male operating the vehicle, Wiggins, was arrested and transported back to police headquarters where he was found in possession of suspected CDS Oxycodone.
Further investigation at headquarters led to Mr. Wiggins being charged on a warrant in connection with the case.
He was processed and lodged in the Union County Jail pending a first appearance.
Chief Vincent Ricciardi said, “The Hillside Police Department works diligently to prevent crime and protect our community, but this arrest is a example of our commitment to bring those responsible to justice. I continue to be very proud of our officers and detectives.”
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.