‘Hamburglar’ facing theft charges anew

KPD Christian Garcia-Carretero
Christian Garcia-Carretero


A Kearny man, nicknamed “The Hamburglar” by one of our sources, has been remanded to the Hudson County Jail on $20,000 bail following his second arrest in less than two weeks, authorities reported.

The suspect, Christian Garcia-Carretero, 37, made an appearance in last week’s Kearny police blotter for allegedly stealing $12 from the tip jar at the Hamburgao Restaurant on Kearny Ave. on Sept. 5.

When he was taken into custody on that theft charge — and a theft-related North Arlington warrant — police said he was also in possession of credit cards, a cell phone and an iPod for which he could not account.

He was reportedly sent to the HCJ, but we assume he was released, because he was back on the streets last Thursday, Sept. 17.

At 11:30 a.m. that day, KPD headquarters received a report of a burglary in progress at a garage behind a private residence on the 100 block of Elm St. Officers Cesar Negron, T.J. Hernandez, Steve Hroncich and Leroy Bibbs responded and, while searching the neighborhood, encountered Garcia- Carretero, who police said, fit the description of the suspect.

Police said he had no ID on him, but he offered to get it, and they accompanied him to his nearby apartment. There, they reportedly observed a single black-and-gray glove, apparently the mate to one found near the crime scene along with a large, flat-headed screwdriver.

“Based on the totality of circumstances,” authorities reported, Garcia-Carretero was charged with criminal attempted burglary and possession of burglar tools.

He was processed at HQ, the $20,000 bail was set, and he was brought back to the county lockup.

(Editor’s Note: Do you know the full name of the McDonald’s Hamburglar? It›s Hamilton B. Urglar. Really. You could look it up.) 

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