Above: Stephen Nemec
A 21-year-old Nutley man has been arrested and charged with burglary after police say he broke into an elderly woman’s apartment.
Stephen Nemec is at the Essex County Jail, where he is being held on $25,000 bail, police say. He was unable to post the 10% cash option after his Oct. 9 arrest, reports say.
Police gave the following account of the Oct. 7 incident that led to Nemec’s arrest:
Police responded to the senior housing on William Street in response to an authorized man in a woman’s apartment. The 93-year-old victim told police that when she entered her apartment, located on the fourth floor, she was confronted by Nemec.
Police say Nemec handed the startled woman a candy bar and fled.
Police called to the scene reviewed video surveillance and determined Nemec entered the building behind an unsuspecting resident. He then proceeded to the fourth floor, and entered the woman’s apartment. Police say Nemec admitted to sneaking in behind the resident.
Nemec told police he entered the wrong apartment as he was looking for a friend who supposedly lived on the same floor, according to police.
— Kevin Canessa Jr.