Arrest (3)-Burglary and Theft Investigation

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Lt. Robert Osborn

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Apr 24, 2013, 11:24:29 AM4/24/13
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On Thursday, April 11, 2013 at approximately 6:30am, the Newton Police responded to the Sonic Suds Laundromat, which is located 110 Sparta Avenue, for a report of a burglary and theft.  Officers arrived and met with the manager of Sonic Suds, who reported that when she arrived for work she noticed that the safe was missing.  Further investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry to the business and the side door was found unlocked.  The safe contained approximately $800 and an iPod.

 

The surveillance video at the business showed that on April 11, 2013 at approximately 1:30am, the actor entered the business from the side door and went directly to where the safe was kept.  The actor removed the safe and exited through the side door.

 

Surveillance video was viewed from several locations including the cameras located in the business district of Newton.  The videos showed a dark colored, older model conversion van driving east on Spring Street to Sparta Ave and entering the parking lot of 110 Sparta Avenue. The van leaves the parking lot a short time after and travels west on Sparta Ave and then continues onto Spring Street where it eventually parks behind 144 Spring Street.  Detectives later confirmed the van was registered to a resident of Spring Street.

 

Video surveillance from the area showed the owner of the van and two other residents of Spring Street together before and after the burglary was committed.  One of the residents is an employee of the Sonic Suds Laundromat.  The other resident was wearing clothing that matched that of the actor who burglarized the business.  All three were identified, located, and interviewed about their possible involvement in the burglary and theft.

 

The investigation revealed that Alisha Coward, an employee of the Sonic Suds Laundromat, planned and provided information to Cory Finch and Stephen Szanyi about where the safe was located inside the Laundromat and also gave them her key to the business.  Szanyi drove himself and Finch, in his van, to the Sonic Suds Laundromat and Finch used the key to unlock the side door and enter the business and remove the safe.

 

The following individuals were charged with the following offenses:

 

·         Cory Finch, an unemployed 27 year old male from Newton, was charged with:

o   Burglary, N.J.S. 2C:18-2a., a Crime of the Third Degree

o   Theft of Moveable Property, N.J.S. 2C:20-3a., a Crime of the Third Degree

 

·         Alisha Coward, a 20 year old female from Newton, was charged with:

o   Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, N.J.S. 2C:5-2 of 2C:18-2a., a Crime of the Third Degree

o   Theft of Moveable Property, N.J.S. 2C:20-3a., a Crime of the Third Degree

 

·         Stephen Szanyi, an unemployed 54 year old male from Newton, was charged with:

o   Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, N.J.S. 2C:5-2 of 2C:18-2a., a Crime of the Third Degree

o   Conspiracy to Commit Theft, 2C:5-2 of 2C:20-3a., a Crime of the Third Degree

 

The arrest warrants were issued by Judge John E. Mulhern, JMC., who also set bail for each of the defendants.  Finch was released on his own recognizance.  Bail was set at $15,000 no 10% for Coward and bail was set at $5,000 no 10% for Szanyi.  Both Coward and Szanyi were lodged in the Sussex County Jail in default of bail.

 

The investigation was conducted by members of the Patrol Division and Detective Bureau.

 

 

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