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2 Arrested in Theft of Valuables from State Street Fire Victims

On Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm Police arrested Leroy Williams age 69 of Center Street, Landing, NJ for theft and Robert Bace age 63 of Shannin Mountain Lane, Port Murray, NJ for theft and conspiracy to commit theft. The pair were demolition workers at 485 State Street, which was being demolished due to a fire earlier in the week.

Sergeant Andy Montalvo and Officer Rick Zaleski were alerted to the wrongdoing by Luis Huertas, a victim of the fire. Mr. Huertas observed Williams coming out of a first floor window with numerous wallets as Bace instructed “get the money, get the money” Mr. Huertas not only took photos of the crime he also videotaped what was going on with his cell phone. In addition the witness advised Sgt Montalvo he observed Leroy Williams remove a black case and place it in a Red Ford Pick-Up truck that was parked across the street from the fire scene. Inside the vehicle was a Sony Handi-Cam Video Camera located within the black case.

Both Williams and Bace were placed under arrest and all the properties confiscated. Three separate victims were located and their property identified, in addition to the items they reported a total of $900 in cash was missing from within the wallets.

Both Williams and Bace were charged and released pending court appearance by the Honorable Judge Emery Toth, and have been prohibited from returning to the worksite.

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