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Man sentenced on burglary-related charges in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Passaic County man has been sentenced on burglary-related charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Jose Lopez Nieves, 20, of Paterson was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on Feb. 18, Koch said.

Nieves was sentenced to three years probation and 180 days incarceration, concurrent on all charges.  He received credit of seven days served and ordered to pay court fines and fees.  He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims and their businesses.

Nieves admitted that on Sept. 7, 2020 he and two other co-defendants entered the Cycle Exchange in Andover Borough which they were not licensed or privileged to enter by breaking through a glass door and purposely took two motorcycles worth approximately $13,999.00 that were displayed for sale with the intent to permanently deprive Cycle Exchange of said motorcycles, Koch said.

Nieves further admitted that on Oct. 17, 2019, he and two other co-defendants again entered the Cycle Exchange in Andover Borough which they were not licensed or privileged to enter by breaking through a glass door and purposely took an Oset dirt bike worth approximately $2,499.00 that was displayed for sale with the intent to permanently deprive Cycle Exchange of said dirt bike, Koch said.

Nieves finally admitted that on Oct. 29, 2019, he and three other co-defendants traveled to Motorcycle Madness in Lafayette Township and attempted to enter by breaking a glass window with the intent to take items from the store with the intent to permanently deprive Motorcycle Madness of those items, Koch said.

He pled guilty on December 1, 2020 to three counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree theft, and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, Koch said.

These cases were investigated by Trooper Hendrix, Trooper Encarnacion, Trooper Pall, Trooper McGrath, Det. Jacinto and Det. Erny of the New Jersey State Police Department.

Nieves was represented by Bruce Farrier, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Laura L. Nazzaro.

Jay Edwards

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