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Man accused of stealing $40k worth of items from Harding Twp. residence

HARDING TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Chilean man has be arrested in connection to a burglary that occurred last month in Harding Township, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson Jr., and Harding Township Police Chief Erik Heller

Rodrigo Astete, 28, of Chile was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree theft by unlawful taking.

On August 20, 2018, the Harding Township Police Department received a report of a burglary to a residence where approximately $40,000 worth of jewelry and other high value personal property was stolen.

Police commenced an investigation and as a direct result of critical information obtained from a citizen witness, members of the Harding Township Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, Intelligence Unit identified Astete as the suspect.

On September 16, members of the Bay Harbor Island Police Department in Florida, along with the New York City Police Department, apprehended Astete for an active arrest warrant out of Florida for a residential burglary that they were investigating parallel to the Morris County investigation.

Astete is currently lodged in New York and is was awaiting extradition to Florida for an alleged string of burglaries committed in South Florida. Following the suspect’s prosecution for the burglaries in Florida, the suspect is expected to be extradited to Morris County to face the burglary and theft charges.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook