Alleged Burglary Couple Due in Court This Month

Pair arrested after seen on security footage that went viral on YouTube, police said.

Two alleged burglars are due to be arraigned in Wayne Municipal Court Jan. 17 following their arrests after a video of them appeared on YouTube.

Ahmet Islami, 20, of Haledon, and Majorie Alva, 21, of Elmwood Park were each charged with two counts of burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property after they were seen on video attempting to retrieve a football from a Oxbow Place resident's backyard.

Jewelry was taken from two Oxbow homes on Dec. 3 and Christmas Eve, police said.

Authorities discovered their identities after they found jewelry taken from one of the homes at a jewelry store in town, police said.

Islami is free on $25,000 bail; Alva was released on her own recognizance, Court Administrator Lori Ellicott said.

Police previously said two homes on the street were burglarized. A neighbor of one of homeowners recognized the pair from the surveillance video. 

Ellicott said the matter will be referred to Passaic County criminal court.

A pre-trial indictment conference is scheduled for Jan. 25. Evidence will be presented at that conference. Litigators will then determine the next course of action. 

A plea bargain could be struck at that conference, the charges could be downgraded, or litigators could determine that a trial needs to be held, Ellicott said.

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Flood Plain January 08, 2013 at 02:34 AM
They both need to spend several years in the state penitentiary. It's long past time for liberal soft judges to impose sentences to protect the public. These are not children; they knew what they did was wrong, illegal, and harmed innocent people. Do the time.
Scondo January 08, 2013 at 02:44 PM
They probably need to spend time in rehabilitation. Sentences are imposed pursuant to a statutory scheme and are not imposed solely at the whim of so called "liberal soft judges" , which is mostly a fiction, for most of them are wisened, skeptical, smart and hard nosed., More often plea deals carrying sentence details come from the prosecutors office. These are children. I suspect that there is drug involvement and if so they are more cannon fodder in the failed war on drugs. We need to start treating drugs as part of the overall social illness scene we find ourselves mired in as a nation.
Flood Plain January 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
"These are children." You're kidding, right. NO, they are not children as 20 and 21 year old ADULTS; NO, they are criminals. They can vote, drive a lethal weapon, and (one can) consume alcohol. They can be selected for jury duty, be held accountable for their bad decisions, and should spend time in the "big boy prison."
Jack January 27, 2013 at 03:55 AM
Good idea flood plain. No rehabilitation that's for liberals. Let's incarcerate them for years so they can get out of prison as hard core criminals who re offend.


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