Suspect connected to burglaries in South River

SOUTH RIVER – Police have identified suspects allegedly responsible for multiple burglaries in the borough.

On Oct. 20, South River Police Department patrol units responded to two residential burglaries and one attempted residential burglary. In each case, forced entry was made or attempted resulting in property damage with items also taken from one residence, according to a statement prepared by the department.

Members of the South River Police Department Detective Bureau were reportedly able to obtain evidence which identified Tyrell P. Cooper, 26, of Hainesport, as the suspect, police said. Cooper was charged on Nov. 11 with the burglaries.

During their follow up investigation, detectives were reportedly able to link Cooper to a second residential burglary and a third incident involving an attempted residential burglary, police said.

Cooper was ultimately charged with two counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and three counts of criminal mischief. He was lodged in the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $45,000 bail.

In addition, detectives reportedly recovered numerous items stolen during one of the burglaries and returned them to the owners.

“I can’t speak more proudly about the work my detectives put in,” Police Chief Mark Tinitigan said. “They utilized every resource available to them and were able to identify and arrest the suspect as well as return stolen property to the rightful owners”.


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