GLEN ROCK, N.J. – Two Glen Rock teens were charged in separate commercial break-ins following joint investigative work by detectives, police officers and school officials, authorities said.
Theodore “Vlad” Geiger, 19, was arrested Tuesday night and charged with an overnight break-in Monday at the Exxon station on South Maple Avenue, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said Thursday night.
Surveillance video shows Geiger first unsuccessfully trying to pry open the door to the attendant booth and then to the main store before returning to the booth and forcing the door open, Ackermann said.
An alarm sounded and Geiger fled empty-handed, the chief said.
Detectives Mike Trover and Jim Calaski worked the case with Officers Bryan Scott and Sarah Orsita, leading to Geiger’s arrest, Ackermann said.
He was charged with burglary and ordered held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.
Surveillance video also played a part in charging a 17-year-old Glen Rock boy with a Monday afternoon burglary at Sweet Love and Cake on Rock Road, the chief said.
The boy – who’d been reported missing at the time of the burglary -- “forced the cash register open and stole $503 before fleeing the scene,” Ackermann said.
Trover found him and took the teen into custody, the chief said. A juvenile complaint charging him with burglary and theft was signed and the boy was released to his parents, he said.
Police didn't say whether the incidents -- or the defendants -- were related.
Geiger and his 17-year-old brother were charged last November with going on a two-day shopping spree at liquor stores, eateries and other businesses across Nantucket in Massachusetts, according to the Inquirer and Mirror .
Ackermann thanked administrators at Glen Rock High School for their help in both investigations.