Safely in custody


One day after warrants were issued for their arrest, two burglary suspects were in Kearny police custody, Chief John Dowie reported on Monday.

According to police, Christopher Kennedy, 28, of Kearny, and Jennifer Dagata, 27, of West Milford had attempted to steal a safe from a Pleasant Place residence April 5. Police said the pair entered the home at about 3:30 a.m., but were unable to remove the safe because of its size and weight. The noise awoke the residents, who saw the intruders fleeing in a van.

Det. John Plaugic responded to the home and collected evidence, and Det. Scott Traynor developed further information on the vehicle and the suspects.

On May 14, warrants were issued for the duo’s arrest on charges of burglary, criminal attempt, conspiracy and possession of burglar tools.

On May 15, the KPD learned, Kennedy was due to appear in court in Wayne. Det. Sgt. John View and Det. Michael Farinola went to Wayne and took him into custody.

Dowie said that later that day, Kennedy, having been booked at KPD headquarters, phoned Dagata to ask if she would post his bail, “not knowing that we knew she was the alleged accomplice.”

When Dagata showed up at HQ , she was escorted to the Detective Bureau and advised that she was under arrest.

– Karen Zautyk 

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