Newton Man Charged in Secaucus with Burglary and Attempted Burglary

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A Newton man was arrested and charged with burglary and attempted burglary after two separate incidents in Secaucus on Monday, police said.

Joseph F. Murphy, 39, was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, two counts criminal mischief, theft of movable property, defiant trespass, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of hypodermic needles, two counts of possession of burglar’s tools, and resisting arrest.

Burglar’s tools can include crowbars, slim jims used to unlock car doors, lock picks, screwdrivers, ropes or explosives, according to New Jersey Code.

At 10:40 a.m. Monday, June 5, Secaucus police responded to a Pandolfi Avenue home in Secaucus on a report of a residential burglary in progress.

The homeowner, inside the home at the time, called the police to report the incident.

Prior to police arrival, the alleged burglar had fled the area, and the homeowner reported that he did not fully gain entry into the residence.

During a search of the area, the alleged burglar — later identified as Murphy — was spotted by officers, and after a brief pursuit, was apprehended and placed under arrest.

At the time of his arrest, Murphy was found in possession of a quantity of heroin, hypodermic needles and burglar’s tools.

The Probation Office of Sussex County then issued a warrant to detain Murphy since he had been on probation prior to the alleged burglary and had violated the probation as a result of the incident.

Later in the day, police responded at 5:54 p.m. to a home on Third Street in Secaucus after a resident reported his home was burglarized and some valuables were stolen.

During an investigation by Secaucus Police, enough evidence was obtained from the scene, including of surveillance images of Murphy within the residence, to charge Murphy with the burglary.

Secaucus Police Detective Division is asking anyone with additional information regarding Murphy to contact the department at 201-330-2052 or

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