Saturday, February 22, 2014

Man who stole sound system from home returned half an hour later for remote control

Police in New Jersey arrested a Camden County man after he stole a sound system from a Haddon Township home, then returned a half an hour later to take the remote control he had forgotten to take.

Carlos Ruiz, 42, of Pennsauken, was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief after he entered a home twice in about 30 minutes on Feb. 4. Authorities said surveillance video near the home captured Ruiz pulling up to the home in a vehicle at around 9am.

He broke into the home and spent less than 10 minutes inside before walking out with valuables, including a sound system, police said. Half an hour later, police said, Ruiz was seen returning to the crime scene and re-entering the house. An investigation revealed that Ruiz went back to the home for a remote control to the sound system he stole on the first trip into the home.

Authorities said the burgled home was selected at random by Ruiz and his crime was fueled by his addiction to heroin. Ruiz was found to be a fugitive in a Pennsylvania fraud case and wanted by the Camden County Sheriff's Department for failure to pay child support. Authorities said he could face more charges in both Camden and Burlington counties. He is being held in Camden County Jail pending a Camden County Superior Court appearance.

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