Police: N.Y. Men Caught Burglarizing Sprint Store

Suspects apprehended after leading authorities on foot chase, also charged in Wayne burglary.

Two New York men were caught early Friday morning after leading authorities on a foot chase when they were allegedly caught stealing items from a Route 23 cell phone store in Butler, police said Monday.

Josie Pena, 23, of Corona, N.Y., and Christopher Lide, 28, of Queens, N.Y., were charged with burglary, obstructing administration of the law, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing and tampering with evidence.

Five police departments and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report by a passing mororist on Route 23 North of an alleged burglary in progress at the Sprint cellular telephone store Friday at 5:54 a.m., Butler police said. Butler Police Ptl. Jorge Reyes and Sgt. Keith Soules arrived on the scene and witnessed two males allegedly placing a large quantity of merchandise in cloth bags. Police said once the males saw the police officers, they fled the scene on foot into a nearby wooded area.

The officers chased the males, who were eventually apprehended by Sgt. Christopher Carbone and Ptl. Melissa Huizenga. After they were apprehended, police said they were turned over to Butler authorities.

Police said further investigation revealed that they had allegedly burglarized several businesses in Wayne earlier that day, and a search of their vehicle revealed a large amount of stolen merchandise from the businesses.

Neither Pena or Lide were able to post bail, which was set at $75,000 each with no 10 percent option by Butler police and $50,000 each with no 10 percent option by Wayne police. Lide was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility and Pena was transported to the Ancora Psychiatric Facility, both with tickets to appear in court at a later date.

Linda Tria August 15, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Great job Butler and Kinnelon Police!
mimi August 16, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Yea! It was my deck they hid under! Now I'm afraid to leave my doors unlocked, we're not even safe from NY criminals here.
Richard Dean August 17, 2011 at 12:49 AM
The police officers in Butler and all of our surrounding towns are not just the best, they do an awesome job. Just remember these crimes are nothing new. Back in the early 1970's, a private home in Butler was burglarized with about $60,000 worth of antiques taken, In the 1980's one of America's most horrific killers frequented town with two residents being among the 8 victims he was convicted of killing out of at least 200 he confessed to, and a former Butler resident was the state's chief witness that put Richard Kuklinski aka "The Ice Man" away.
Mr. Tom Fox October 26, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Richie, who were the two local residents killed in the 1980s by "The Ice Man"?


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