Two men arrested in Monroe home burglary

October 3, 2018

MONROE - A New Jersey man and a Bridgeport resident have been arrested in connection with a Monroe house burglary in June.

Joshua Rickards 27, of Villas, New Jersey was charged with Larceny second-degree burglary and conspiracy, second-degree criminal trespass and conspiracy, fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy.

Lt. Stephen Corrone said the charges stem from a residential burglary on Moose Hill Road on June 4.

On that day, the Monroe Police Department received a complaint from a Moose Hill resident who stated that their residence was burglarized by two white males in their 20s operating an older model sedan with a black hood.

“The victim stated they were in their home, when they heard a noise in a portion of the residence that was under construction.,” Corrone said in a release. “When the victim looked out the window, they observed the above described individuals and vehicle leaving the driveway. The victim checked the portion of the home under renovation and discovered five hundred dollars of construction equipment missing.”

Through the investigation, detectives developed Rickards and the other suspect in this incident, Dennis Beardsley, as the perpetrators.

Based upon the investigation detectives applied for arrest warrants, which were granted by Superior Court in Bridgeport.

Beardsley, 38 of Bridgeport, was arrested on Aug. 21 at Bridgeport Superior Court for the same charges as Rickards .

Beardsley was already in Department of Correction custody on unrelated charges. He was held on a fifty-thousand-dollar bond and arraigned at court on the same date.

Rickards was also in custody of the Department of Corrections on unrelated charges. He was held on a one-hundred-dollar bond and arraigned at court on the same date.

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