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Paramus Police Arrests Leave Burglars 0-For-3 At Route 4 T-Mobile

(l. to r.) Luis Marte, Sergio Suuazo, Gadiel Olivo and Willis Pepinporte
(l. to r.) Luis Marte, Sergio Suuazo, Gadiel Olivo and Willis Pepinporte Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy PARAMUS PD

PARAMUS, N.J. -- Burglars who've tried to break into a T-Mobile store on Route 4 in Paramus are now 0-for-3 following the arrests of four men over the weekend.

The botched break-in occurred at the same T-Mobile shop on eastbound Route 4 where a member of a Bronx burglary crew was shot dead when he tried to run down responding Officer Connor Nutland in October 2014.

The arresting officer this time: Nutland.

The active burglar alarm report came in just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg told Daily Voice Wednesday night.

Responding officers found a rear window smashed and footprints leading to woods behind the building.

Nutland, who was covering a perimeter area, spotted a black, four-door 2009 Honda Accord with New York license plates speed from Frisch Court behind the store, Ehrenberg said.

He pulled the car over on Forest Avenue as backups arrived -- among them, Officers Matthew McGuire and Nick Luciano.

"The occupants were all wearing black clothing," the chief said. "Several had black gloves and one suspect was wearing a black ski mask."

Nutland spotted burglar tools in the back, and "none of the four could give a reason for being at their location," he said.

All four were ordered held on $10,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail, charged with conspiracy, attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.

They were identified as driver Luis Marte, 36, of Mount Vernon; Sergio Suuazo, 28, of Cranston, RI; and Gadiel Olivo, 31, and Willis Pepinporte, 26, both of the Bronx.

Detectives were investigating possible links among the various crews, given that most of their members have been from the Bronx.

Paramus police last Sept. 23 arrested three accused burglars after finding their getaway van on Frisch Court, and several hundred stolen cellphones along the path.

One tried to hide in the ceiling panels of a vacant store, while the other was captured in Yonkers the next day. Detectives tracked the third suspect down in the Bronx.

Less than a year earlier, a botched overnight burglary at the same store left a crew member dead and Nutland injured.

He and another officerswho responded to a 4:36 a.m. alarm on Oct. 8, 2014 found the rear door of Jennifer Convertibles pried open. The crew was trying to cut through a wall into the same vacant store on their way to the T-Mobile.

Using the getaway car as a weapon, Reyes of Manhattan struck Nutland, who landed on the hood and squeezed off some shots from his service weapon, authorities said at the time.

The 2015 Kia slammed into the median on westbound Route 4, after which police arrested Reyes and three alleged accomplices. Reyes later died at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Nutland sustained “a head injury, as well as injuries to his lower extremities, contusions and bruises,” then-Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said at the time.

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