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YouTube Video Leads to Arrest of Two Alleged Burglars

Footage goes viral, results in couple's arrest for Oxbow Place break-ins, police said.

Surveillance video that went viral on YouTube has led to the arrest of two individuals accused of burglarizing two Oxbow Place residences last month.

Ahmet Islami, 20, of Haledon, and his girlfriend, Marjorie Alva, 21, of Elmwood Park, were each charged Friday with two counts of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property.

The couple was seen on video Dec. 3, asking an Oxbow Place resident if they could retrieve a football from the backyard, Wayne Police said. The video was filmed by a home security system. Police released the footage last week that was also posted on YouTube.

Capt. James Clarke said the video received more than 10,000 hits, according to NorthJersey.com.

Police believe the couple burglarized homes by entering through unlocked rear windows where residents didn't answer their doors, according to the NorthJersey.com article.

A second burglary occurred on Oxbow Police on Christmas Eve, police said.

A neighbor of the resident whose home was burglarized that day reported a male and female asked if they could go into his backyard to look for a football. The resident confirmed the two individuals were the same ones seen on the video, police said.

Jewelry was taken from both homes, police said. Islami and Alva sold the items to a Wayne jewelry store on Dec. 3, police said. Some of the jewelry was recovered and identified by the victims of the burglary, police reported.

Municipal court Judge Lawrence Katz set bail at $25,000 each for Islami and Alva. They posted bail and were released late Friday night, police said.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation should call the Detective Bureau at 973-633-3530.

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Fecal_Matters January 07, 2013 at 08:23 PM
@Scondo 20 and 21yr old Kids? At what age do you think someone would be considered an adult? At what age would you have them take responsibility for their actions?
Scondo January 08, 2013 at 02:49 PM
WR, part of my New Years resolution is that I not crank you up too often,m Happy New Year. BTW, so did you !
Scondo January 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Fecal, The age of majority in NJ is 18, that is the age they transition out of Juvenile Delinquncy status into adult treatment by the Courts. I agree that 18 is the proper age, what I am not walking goose step into is the idea that we automatically take every offender and throw the "book" at them . Our country has more people behind bars per capita, than any country in the world. The cost is not only measured in loss to the taxpayer, but in loss of human capital, loss of economic productivity and position in the world. We need to come up with some form of better solutions. For that we need creative leadership, daring and bold. Not some legislative tweaking of sentencing guidelines that can be trotted out at election time to be spoon fed to the non discrimiinating voter. Elect Sen. SOandSo, he sponsored legislation to increase penalities for home burglaries. Sure he did, but did he creatively address the underlying issues and problems---NOT IN MY LIFETIME.
Dory Degen January 25, 2013 at 04:55 AM
amen brother!
Erinco May 07, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Busted today for trying to lure a 13 year old girl...

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