Alleged Smash and Grab Burglars Also Charged by Aberdeen
Investigators say the men committed several dozen burglaries across the state, including two in Matawan and one in Aberdeen.
The Aberdeen Township Police department charged Kareem Gary, 32, of Elizabeth and Herman Rozier, 46, of Linden, with the smash and grab style burglaries of Singin Gas Station on Lower Main Street.
Gary and Rozier were previously committed to the Monmouth County Jail on charges they burglarized Wine Nation and Milk Box, both on Route 34 in Matawan. The pair are believed to be responsible for several dozen burglaries across the state.
During the investigation of the July 25 burglary of Wine Nation, Matawan Det. Joseph Lovallo and Det. Steve Sakowski were able to identify one of the suspects and tracked his whereabouts for ten days, according to Lt. Jason Gallo.
While under the detective's surveillance, the identified suspect returned to Matawan in the early morning hours of Aug. 22, where he and a second suspect allegedly attempted to burglarize Milk Box.
During the arrest, a crow bar, bolt cutters, hammer, screw driver, ski masks, gloves, and pillow cases and other bags used to carry stolen items, were recovered from the suspects' car, according to Det. Lovallo.
The pair allegedly stole items such as cash, cigarettes, and scratch off tickets during the burglaries.
An alert was sent to police departments throughout the state to notify them of Gray and Kozier's arrest, Gallo said.
Charges against Gary and Kozier are pending in multiple municipalities in Warren, Passaic, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth Union, Somerset, Essex, and Bergen counties, Lovallo said.
Bail was set at $100,000 each when the pair was arrested by Matawan on Aug. 22. An additional $12,500 each in bail was mandated by a judge after charges were filed in Aberdeen.