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NJ man pleads guilty to breaking into Riverdale Environmental Recycling in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Passaic County man has pleaded guilty to several charges including burglary, criminal mischief and theft, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Drew J. Canning, 30, of Pompton Lakes, pled guilty to five counts third-degree burglary, three counts receiving stolen property, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts fourth-degree theft and fourth-degree unlawful taking means of conveyance before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Virtual Courtroom in Newton on Nov. 4, Koch said.

Canning admitted he broke into Riverdale Environmental Recycling (RER) multiple times between March of 2019 and February, 2020. He broke into the office taking cash during several of the burglaries, Koch said.

Over the course of the burglaries he took keys from the office so he could use them another time to unlock the main gate and burglarize RER. He took a truck with a plow attached from RER, drove it to his home, removed the plow to his driveway and then took the truck back to RER, Koch said.

Canning took a Chevy Silverado and parked it near his home. When he returned to the truck he scraped all of the signage off, planning to use it as his own, but became nervous and ultimately abandoned it in a Walmart parking lot, Koch said.

New Jersey State Police were investigating a possible burglary in process and found Canning operating a tractor at RER, where he was then arrested, Koch said.

Canning is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20, Koch said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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