Belleville burglar finds himself behind the ‘eight’ ball

On Sept. 5, officers arrested Travis Mackoy, 26, of Belleville, on Fairway Avenue when they found him holding burglary tools. He also carried outstanding warrants from undisclosed municipalities. According to Belleville authorities, the arrest was fruitful as it cleared eight other burglaries dating back to 2011 including a Sept. 3 robbery at a Fairway Avenue home where a purse, credit cards and personal identification were reported missing. Mackoy was arrested for possession of burglary tools and held on his warrants. His bail was set at $50,000.

In other Belleville Police happenings:

Sept. 6

• At 8:42 a.m., officers stopped a car on Harrison Avenue for suspicion of D.U.I. After confirming their suspicion, Richard Johnson, 54, of Belleville was charged with D.U.I. He was later released.

• At 4:25 p.m., a shoplifting was reported at the K-Mart shopping center, 371 Main St. Wanda Fuentes, 38, of Newark was found with $54 of unpaid merchandise in her possession. Fuentes was also found to be carrying an outstanding Newark warrant for $500. She was charged with shoplifting and held on $200 bail.

• At 5:51 p.m., a would-be burglar attempted to gain entry into a Belleville Avenue house. Fortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful.

September 5

• At 9:13 a.m., at 125 Franklin St., Kathlyn Mattos, 20, of Newark, was found with stolen property from two previous burglaries including the Uncle Bob’s Storage heist of Sept. 4. She was charged with receiving stolen property and later released.

A truck trailer was reported stolen from Mill St. at 12 p.m. The trailer is reportedly valued at $50,000.

Sept. 4

• At 5:21 p.m., a burglary was reported at Uncle Bob’s Storage on Franklin Sreet Locks had been cut to gain access into the storage area. Two flat screen televisions were reported missing. Two mink coats were also taken. Police would make an arrest in connection with this burglary one day later (see September 5).

Sept. 3

• At 12:38 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle on Washington Avenue After running an identification check, Edgar Quinto, 23, of Bloomfield, was found to be driving while on the revoked list. Quinto also had outstanding traffic warrants from East Orange, Newark and Toms River totaling $1450. He was transferred to East Orange on the warrant.

Sept. 2

• At 5:37 a.m., a 32-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint while walking along Washington Avenue The thieves made away with $110 in cash, an IPhone, keys and a wallet. The perpetrators were described as “four black males in a dark colored four-door car.” Police are investigating.

-Jeff Bahr

The Observer Staff