One nabbed, one sought in Harrison jewelry heist

Police collared one suspect and are seeking a second in connection with the daylight burglary of a Harrison Ave. jewelry store on Sunday, Feb. 12, Lincoln’s Birthday.

Angel Colon, 19, of Kearny, has been charged in the burglary and is being held in Hudson County Jail, Kearny, on $57,000 bail. His alleged accomplice, believed to be a Jersey City gang member, was still at large as of press time.

Police said the burglars broke through a sheetrock wall of Harrison Jewelry, on Harrison Ave. near Third St., at around 1 p.m., via an adjacent multi-family residence ground-floor hallway, removed an unknown amount of gems and fled.

A witness spotted two men inside the adjacent building and, suspicious about their presence there, contacted police who went to the location and discovered the crime’s aftermath.

As police were broadcasting a report of the burglary over the police radio, Officer Corey Karas happened to spot a man, later identified as Colon, standing under the Rt. 280 overpass on Warren St. between Second and Third Sts.

According to the officer’s report, Colon was sweating profusely and was squeezing a juice box in his mouth. As Karas approached, Colon ducked behind a concrete wall and when the officer got to him, Colon was covered with sheetrock dust, police said.

Colon was placed under arrest and, when searched, police said they found six pieces of jewelry in his pocket and they recovered a seventh item from the ground. Police said Colon also had some marijuana.

Those gems, all identified as being stolen from the store, were listed as five charms, one earring and one bracelet, all made of gold, police said.

Other pieces believed to have been taken are still unaccounted for, along with the second suspect, police said.

Here’s a sampling of other criminal activity logged by Harrison Police in recent weeks:

Feb. 13

Jose Duarte, 33, of Harrison, was arrested after a motor vehicle stop on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South revealed that his vehicle was unregistered, his license was suspended and he had an outstanding warrant issued by New Providence. Duarte posted bail and was released pending court action.

Feb. 12

Enrique Gomez, 34, of Harrison, was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly struck a 44-yearold Harrison man in the back of his head as he was leaving the Meson De Luis bar on Harrison Ave. between Second and Third Sts. in the early morning.

The victim was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital, Newark, for treatment of his injury.

Gomez, who had outstanding warrants from Jersey City and Newark, was committed to the Hudson County Jail, Kearny.

Police said the incident may also involve a “possible robbery investigation” following the discovery that the victim was found to be missing some gold jewelry. But police there was no connection with the jewelry store burglary that occurred later that day.

Feb. 11

Carlos Delgado, 24, of Newark, was arrested on a DWI charge after he crashed his car into a street sign on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South. Delgado was released, pending a court appearance, after police issued him several motor vehicle summonses.

Feb. 10

After responding to a three-car accident on Frank Rodgers Blvd., police discovered that one of the drivers, Duanta Edwards, 34, of Newark, had multiple outstanding warrants. He was arrested on the warrants and also charged with presenting a forged automobile insurance card to the investigating officer. Edwards was turned over to Holmdel Police on one of the warrants.

Feb. 9

A UPS delivery was stolen from a Harrison Ave. multifamily residence after the package was left at the front door.

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