ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – The Andover Township Police Department arrested a Jersey City man following an investigation into the burglary and theft from Simon Peter Sport Shop.
Ariel S. Yanez, 28, was arrested on June 23 and charged with burglary, theft, unlawful possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.
On June 19, police had been alerted to an activated alarm at the Simon Peter Sport Shop located off of Route 206. The first arriving officer had located a bicycle in close proximity to the building and further investigation later revealed an unknown suspect had made entry into the business from a window in the rear of the establishment, police said.
The owner responded and it was determined firearms had been removed from the business, police said.
A search of the immediate area was conducted with the assistance of the the New Jersey State Police, Byram Township Police, Maywood Police K-9 and Sussex County Sheriff’s Department K-9.
During the search for the suspect, two rifles were located laying on the ground just off the shoulder portion of Route 206. The rifles were later confirmed to have been stolen proceeds from the sport shop, police said.
A follow up investigation was conducted which led to the arrest of Yanez. He was charged and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility.