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Police Apprehend a Man Wanted for Attempted Murder During a Theft in Progress at a Montgomery Home

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted July 10, 2023


A moving company employee admitted he attempted to steal almost $12,000 in jewelry from a Montgomery resident in June while he was working at an Andover Circle home, off Blue Spring Road.


Montgomery police said in a press release on July 10 that the man is also wanted for attempted murder in a neighboring county.


Montgomery Police responded to Andover Circle for the report of a theft in progress on June 6 at 11 am. The victim reported that an employee from a moving company on scene stole an engagement ring, a wedding band, and a pair of headphones. The total value of the items taken was $11,750. Upon arrival police made contact with the employees of World Class Moving Systems outside of the residence. A subsequent investigation by officers on scene resulted in a confession by one of the employees who identified himself as Alex Diaz. The engagement ring and wedding band were recovered and returned to the victim. The headphones were never located.

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Further investigation at Montgomery Police Headquarters revealed that Alex Diaz originally lied about his identity. Police discovered that Alex Diaz was actually Josue E. Jeronimo, 27, of Perth Amboy. He was wanted by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office for attempted murder.


Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone had reported in a September 2021 press release that Jeronimo had been arrested in Perth Amboy in 2021 and charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree crime; and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, a third-degree crime. His victim, a 31-year-old Perth Amboy man, was slashed in the throat with a bottle during a fight and was in critical condition in the hospital with a laceration to his throat.


Montgomery police charged Jeronimo with theft, hindering, and possession of a fraudulent government document. He was processed at police headquarters and transferred to Somerset County Jail.


Jewelry, Gems, and Designer Bags Stolen from a Handler Court Home

Montgomery Township Police responded to a residential burglary on Handler Court on July 1 at 9 pm. The homeowners were out between the hours of noon and 8:50 pm. When they returned home, police said they found that their house was burglarized.


The rear sliding glass door had tool marks indicating that the suspects forced entry to the door. A first floor office and the master bedroom were ransacked. The victim reported that $3,960 in designer bags, jewelry, and gems were stolen from the residence.


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Montgomery Township Detectives responded to the residence to process the scene for evidence. Patrol officers on scene canvassed the neighborhood for any security footage that may have captured the suspects.


Suspect in Monty CVS Shoplifting Case Arrested in Atlantic City

Montgomery Township Police responded to CVS on Route 206 in Belle Mead on June 17 for a report of shoplifting.


Employees reported that a man placed multiple items worth about $200 inside of his jacket. The suspect then bypassed all points-of-sale and ignored requests from employees to render payment. Employees were able to obtain the registration of the man's vehicle in parking lot.


Montgomery detectives were able to positively identify the male as Jaden Stephens, 19, of Trenton. A warrant was subsequently issued for J. Stephens’ arrest charging him shoplifting. Stephens was arrested on the outstanding warrant on June 27 in Atlantic City.


Stephens’ case will be heard in Montgomery Municipal Court.

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