Two Men Charged With Burglary After Foot Chase

Resident finds several men in Fairfield Road home. One allegedly rams police car during escape attempt.

Wayne have charged two men with burglary after they broke into a home on Fairfield Road early Thursday and led police on a foot chase, authorities reported.

Jarret Bruce, 28, and Sharrod Stewart, 28, both of Hackensack, were charged with burglary after a resident of Fairfield Road discovered the men in his house around 2:30 a.m., police said.

Bruce was also charged with aggravated assault on a police officer for ramming his car into Officer Vinceent Ricciardelli’s police car, police said.

Officer Vincent Ricciardelli noticed a vehicle with Maryland license plates that was idling with its lights on directly next to a driveway of a house on Fairpark Place.

According to the report, information provided by various police agencies indicated that the burglars had been using rental vehicles with out-of-state license plates. That is why Ricciardelli found the vehicle to be suspicious and decided to approach the vehicle and ask what business the occupants had in the area, the report states.

As Ricciardelli approached it, the vehicle quickly drove away and turned into a driveway on Fairfield Road, the incident report states. Ricciardelli pulled his vehicle behind the car.

Police reported that the vehicle rammed into the police car and, at the same time, several males dressed in all black ran out of the front door of the house. The driver of the vehicle got out of the car and ran. Ricciardelli chased after the driver, the report states.

The suspects led police on a foot chase through several area backyards. Police found one of the men, Jarret Bruce, behind a building in the Mountain View Crossing apartment complex across Route 23.

Police eventually found Stewart running on the Bayer Healthcare complex property.

Two other suspects still have not been located, according to the report.

Residents of the Fairfield Road home told police that they heard their doorbell ring shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday and saw a white sport utility vehicle drive away from the home; about three minutes later they heard a loud bang coming from their front door, which had been kicked in, the report states.

A male occupant of the house told police he confronted a man standing in his kitchen wearing all black clothing. The intruder and two other men ran out of the front door and ran into the backyard and police initiated pursuit on them and the driver of the vehicle, the report states. Nothing was taken from the home.

Both men were also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary. Bruce was charged with second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer and second-degree eluding. Stewart was also charged with fourth-degree eluding.

Bruce’s bail was set at $500,000, Stewart’s at $100,000, with no 10 percent option.

The vehicle was towed to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office. Wayne Police are waiting to examine the vehicle.

The incident Wednesday is the latest in a string of burglaries, attempted burglaries, and suspicious activity that has plagued the township in recent weeks. More than a dozens incidents were reported between April 25 and May 30. Three others between May 31 and June 3. Four more .

Clarke said police believe the men who were involved in the incident Wednesday on Diorio Court May 31. He said the same female rented the vehicles involved in each incident.

Police will continue to work with the Bergen, Morris, and Passaic County Prosecutor's Offices and continue "proactive police work," including patrols by uniformed and plainclothed officers, until the incidents cease.

“We don’t believe [the two men] were involved in all the incidents that occurred in the past five weeks,” Clarke said.

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Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
OFFICER RICCIARDELLI GETS THE ATTABOY!!! GREAT POLICE WORK!!!!!!! Sooner orl later you NOSE they were going to slip up.Scary to find four men dressed in all black in your kitchen at 2:30 in the morning.HOPE they catch the other two so people can get back to sleeping at night!!
eyes wide shut June 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
A tip of the hat to all WPD. Nothing comes easy but they got the job done. Regardless of those who complain that they sit in parking lots and do nothing...Without hesitation this officer did his job and did it well...THANK YOU
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Mattie June 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
which is it? 2:30 or 10pm?
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Mattie, 2:30 am
Special Agent June 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Wayne is an easy target the bad guys tell each other in jail that the police are either at the mall or on the highway and the cannot respond in a timely fashion . Wayne is a big town with too little resources for our police to cover every thing properly ! I am glad they got these bad guys ! I hope some will give some comfort and maybe some training to the people whose house that was broken into so the can get through this act of being violated in Thierry own home .
Rex miatke June 07, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Great job Wayne Police. You come into "OUR" town and violate us YOU WILL GET CAUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have to give Wayne Police their due here folks. Crazy night down in Mountain view.
windowwatcher June 07, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Way to go Vinny. Paterson gave up a good officer.
Ed Zachary June 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Great work, Officer Vincent Ricciardelli--on behalf of my family and community, we are very thankful for your efforts... as well as all the other LE personnel who helped nab those perps.
windowwatcher June 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Thank you also to all our surrounding towns and agencies for the good work and to all the watchful eyes that were out there by mountainview blvd
Joe videodummy June 07, 2012 at 05:28 PM
It's very possible that the rental car was equiped with an I.D. system. If so, the vehicle can be traced back to everywhere it's been since the operator rented it. Then will also be able to determine if other vechiles were rented by the perp, and trace those cars as well. Today, renting a car is like driving a GPS. They know exactly where it is 24-7. Another nice feature is they can lock a perp out of it with a few simple key strokes hundreds of miles away.
Lorraine June 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Thank you to the Wayne Police Department for a job well done!
Concerned for green land June 07, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Way to go officer Vinny Ricciardelli and Wayne Police department. Vinny performed exemplary to capture these men. let's hope Wayne has no more troubles.
eyes wide shut June 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
@Brad: LOL do you really know anything about the LAW? Guess not with that comment you just made. First of all, they will not get 30 days in jail. Bet your last dollar that they are repeat offenders, that alone carries a maximum sentence. Perhaps you should read up on the police code of conduct as to when to discharge a weapon too. Seems you are looking to turn Wayne into the Wild, Wild West...Perhaps Arizona or Texas would be more to your liking..Better yet seek out your local politicians and tell them your idea's and see if they would sponsor a bill on your behalf based on YOUR thoughts.. Misdemeanor charge??? Hmmm i think not Brad...Get a grip...
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
EYES, Brad has been watching to many John Wayne movies!! Now a TAZER, that is an attention getter!!
CB June 07, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Interesting that they were found in the residence at 2:30 am...yet were searching for them at 9:45 pm and at least one was caught before midnight. Check your facts folks!
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 09:05 PM
CB,Sound like the clock at the police station is off. Police said 2:30 and numerous friends of mine and other people saw and heard the NJ STATE POLICE HELICOPTER hovering over FAIRFIELD ROAD about 10 PM ?? Very Interesting?
Ed Zachary June 07, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Tazers, rubber bullets, K-9 dogs--all non-lethal, but extremely effective arresting agents.
Ed Zachary June 07, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Yup, the chopper was in the sky above that area beginning around 10pm.
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
ED, Tazers and Rubber Bullets,both non-lethal would have dropped all four!! Two are better than none. Good Police work will find the other two!! Once a crook,always a crook!!
Brigham Young June 08, 2012 at 02:52 AM
you're disgusting
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Rudy, Comments like that won't be tolerated. That comment sounds racist and is of a threatening nature.


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