PARAMUS, N.J. -- Despite reports that he'd fled to Florida, the third suspect in the burglary of a T-Mobile shop on westbound Route 4 was tracked down and arrested by Paramus police in the Bronx.
Edward A. Sweny, 35, was being held without bail pending extradition to New Jersey to face burglary and theft charges thanks to the work of Detective Sgt. Frank Scott and Detectives Dmitriy Mazur and Thomas Schroeder, all assigned to the department's Special Investigations Unit, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said this morning.
Two alleged accomplices were caught a short time after the Sept. 23 break-in.
One of them, identified as 35-year-old Kelvyn Sanchez-Pena, was trying to hide in the ceiling panels of a vacant store where the burglars tried cutting through a wall, the chief said.
The other, 47-year-old Edwin Cardenas, was captured in Yonkers the next day, he said.
River Edge police and a Bergen County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit who converged on the area immediately after the burglary found several hundred stolen cellphones and some case in bags that the burglars discarded as they fled, Ehrenberg said.
They also found the getaway vehicle, a 2004 Dodge Caravan, parked at the end of Frisch Court, the chief said.
Using the evidence, they identified Cardenas and Sweny.
"It was originally believed by detectives that Sweny had already fled to Florida to escape arrest," Ehrenberg said. "However, on Monday night...detectives were able to piece together information that Sweny was hiding in an apartment in the Bronx."
With the assistance of the NYPD's 46th Precinct Anti-Crime Unit, they grabbed him without incident, the chief said.
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