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PERTH AMBOY, NJ—On December 7, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced that three people had been arrested and charged with "participating in a series of jewelry store break-ins that netted them nearly $1 million in stolen goods."
Two men from Essex County and a woman from Union County were charged one day prior, following an "intensive investigation involving 17 law enforcement agencies," according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO).
Authorities say the arrests came in response to six jewelry store burglaries in six different towns: Perth Amboy, Raritan, Lawrence, Denville, Flemington and Hopewell.
The only incident in Middlesex County was apparently the August 20 burglary of Ruby's Jewelers on Smith Street in Perth Amboy.
According to News12's Sally Ann Mosey, in that incident, a pair of men took at least 300 pieces of jewelry after breaking into a "circuit box" to open a metal security gate, and then smashing a window.
Michael A. Davis, a 54-year-old man from Irvington, faces six different counts of burglary charges for incidents between June 7 and December 6.
"In each of the heists, Davis broke into stores in the early morning hours and took a variety of jewels and watches valued at nearly $1 million," read the MCPO press release.
Davis is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick on more than $395,000 bail for charges in New Jersey, as well as a "no bail" detainer for theft charges pending against him in Delaware:
- $150,000 with no 10% option for theft by unlawful taking (Flemington)
- $75,000 with no 10% option for burglary (Perth Amboy)
- $75,000 no 10% option for burglary (Mercer County)
- $50,000 with no 10% option for burglary (Red Bank)
- $35,000 no 10% option for burglary (Flemington)
- $10,000 no 10% option for theft (Mercer County)
- $825 with no 10% option for contempt of court (Union County)
Terrance Worthy, a 59-year-old man from Newark, was also charged with two counts of conspiracy "involving the burglaries at shops in Raritan and Hopewell."
Published reports indicated that $100,000 worth of jewelry was taken from Sherman & Sons Jewelers in Raritan Township on October 29.
Finally, Keir A. Dargon, a 35-year-old woman from the Vauxhall section of Union Township, was charged with one count of conspiring to commit a burglary at a jewelry store in Flemington.
It's not clear exactly what role Worthy or Dargon played in the break-ins.
Dargon remains in jail on $20,000 bail, while Worthy was "released on his own recognizance," according to the MCPO. However, Dargon was not admitted to the MCACC facility according to the jail's records department.
In addition to MCPO, the following law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation:
- the FBI
- the New Jersey State Police
- the Delaware State Police
- the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
- the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
- the Wilmington, Delaware Police Department
- Denville PD
- Lawrenceville PD
- Manalapan PD
- Milltown PD
- New Brunswick PD
- Perth Amboy PD
- Somers Point PD
- Warren PD
- Flemington PD
- Raritan PD
The sheer number of departments involved, and the information about the bail Davis is being held on, seem to indicate that there are likely other charges against him, not mentioned in the MCPO press release.
The investigation was described as "active and… continuing" in the official release, which was not sent to New Brunswick Today.
Anyone with information is asked to call MCPO Detective Gregory Morris at (732) 745-4054.