Criminal Trespass, N.J.S.A. 2c:18-3

criminal trespass, N.J.S.A. 2c:18-3Once upon a time, Americans could rely on the news for objective reporting of events—but nowadays, not so much. For example, nj dot com passed off yet another press release from the cops as the news.1 I addressed this practice previously here and here. Indeed, the site ran a story submitted by the Spring Lake Police Department. And this one involved a man charged with criminal trespass, burglary, and attempted burglary. So, when did the government become a trustworthy and objective source of information? For that matter, why has the site withheld byline credit from the officer who wrote the news release? Read more

Peering into dwelling places, N.J.S.A. 2c:18-3

peering, N.J.S.A. 2c:18-3Glassboro cops charged a man on New Year’s Eve with peering into a dwelling, per nj dot com. It all began when the resident reported a “Peeping Tom” a few days earlier. He told the police the intrusion allegedly took place at 4:50 a.m. on December 28, per the news.

Now here is the rub. The suspect admitted to “being in the area,” per nj dot com. But courierpostonline dot com says he admitted to being at the home on the day of the crime! So, which is it? Read more

Definitions for Burglary and Related Offenses

Definitions for Burglary and Related Offenses

definitions for burglary and related offensesThese definitions for burglary and related offense apply to these terms, unless a different meaning plainly applies:

Structure means any building, room, ship, vessel, car, vehicle or airplane, and also means any place adapted for overnight accommodation of persons, or for carrying on business therein, whether or not a person is actually present.

Utility Company Property means property (1) owned by a public utility, as defined in R.S.48:2-13, or by a municipality, county, water district, authority or other public agency, and (2) used for the purpose of providing electric, gas or water utility service.
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Burglary under N.J.S.A. 2c:18-2

burglary, N.J.S.A. 2c:18-2The investigation of a November 1st breaking-and-entering by East Greenwich police resulted in charges against Daniel E. Holmes. The burglary allegedly occurred in Clarksboro, New Jersey, at a Heritage’s store on Kings Highway, according to Apparently police responded to the scene for an alarm activation, and found the store’s front glass door smashed with a brick. Cigarettes were the only items stolen, according to the media.

Consequently, local authorities charged Holmes with burglary as well as other crimes, according to the press. Additionally, authorities believe Holmes allegedly participated in other recent smash-and-grab Read more