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Wharton Man Charged Fencing, Receiving Stolen Property in Relation to Burglaries from Construction Sites


Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of Nicholas T. DeMaio, 32, Wharton, on charges of Receiving Stolen Property; Fencing; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; Possession of High Capacity Magazines; Possession of Hollow Point Ammunition and Possession of Prohibited Weapons and Devices, Silencers. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to police, during a six-month investigation into burglaries and thefts from multiple construction sites in the northern New Jersey area, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (“BCPO”) Special Investigations Squad identified DeMaio as a person of interest.

Police said that on Tuesday, March 23, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad, Ridgefield Police Department, and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on a property that DeMaio rented on George Hill Road in Branchville, New Jersey. 

The search revealed multiple pieces of stolen, heavy construction equipment valued at over $1,000,000, as well as several illegal firearms, high capacity magazines, silencers and hollow-point ammunition, police said.

According to officials, DeMaio was charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Property, one count of Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon (specifically a handgun), two counts of Unlawful Possession Of A Weapon (specifically two assault firearms), one count of Fencing, one count of Possession of High Capacity Magazines (specifically eight high capacity magazines), one count of Possession of Hollow Nose Bullets and one count of Prohibited Weapons And Devices (specifically four silencers).