Police Charge Man and Woman with Two Business Break-ins

Couple reportedly stole candy and cash.

What if Bonnie and Clyde had a sweet tooth? 

reports indicate the man and woman accused of breaking into two Springfield businesses last week were not particularly discerning about what they allegedly stole.

While they pocketed cash, they also reportedly stole an item with little resale value; a candy bowl.

On Thursday, May 17 at 10:13 p.m., Springfield PD Officer Melissa Esteves responded to a silent burglar alarm at Dave's Sweet Shop on Mountain Avenue. The business was closed, so Officer Esteves turned off her headlights as she entered the parking lot. She reportedly spotted David Brady, 39, of Morristown attempting to pry the rear door of the store open with a tire iron.

Brady started to walk away and then ran off. After a chase, Officer Esteves apprehended Brady and disarmed him. Upon the arrival of back-up officer Jose Agrelo, Brady was taken into custody. 

Officer Anthony Reimer checked on parked cars in the lot and reportedly found Noel Wilk, 38, Whippany, lying across the front seat of a car trying to hide from police. 

Officers later found a burglary had been committed at the Mountain Avenue beauty salon Nail Time Salon, about a mile from the first store. Police say the side door was pried open and that in addition to money the burglar had stolen almost the entire contents of a large bowl filled with lollipops. The lollipops were reportedly found in possession of Brady and Wilk. 

Brady was charged with 1 count of Burglary, 1 count of attempted Burglary, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief, 1 count of Theft and 1 count of the Possession/Use of Burglar Tools. He was remanded to the Union County Jail in Elizabeth in lieu of $100,000.00 bail.

Wilk was charged with 2 counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and was released in her own recognizance. They both have an initial appearance date in Union County Court on May 25.

Ariel Hessing September 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Melissa Estevez is an exceptional young officer in the Springfield Police Dept. Whenever I read about her contributions to the force, I am duly impressed. She's brave; disciplined; and professional.


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