Cops finally bust NJ burglary ring

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NEW JERSEY (PIX11) -- Cops arrested four men in connection to burglaries in at least three dozen homes in upscale New Jersey neighborhoods.

It took 9 months and the work of 21 law enforcement agencies to bust up the burglary spree that started last February.

Detectives say the 30 burglaries happened across New Jersey, in Bergen, Morris, and Somerset counties. The three suspects targeted well to do neighborhoods in residential areas where they knew they could swipe cash, jewelry and other valuables.

Police arrested 25-year-old Jamelle Singletary, 30-year-old Lawall Erskine, and 30-year-old Jamaal Sermon -- all from Teaneck. Investigators say the men were caught hawking the goods to 39-year-old David Tadjiev, in Astoria, Queens. Police say Tadjiev then sold the stolen goods from a business in the diamond district in Manhattan

The patterns in each case were too similar to ignore. Most happened in the early evening -- midweek -- and often, the men forced their way through front doors.

Detectives say the investigation into other burglaries is ongoing and say more charges will likely be forthcoming.