A 32-year-old Wharton Borough man was arrested authorities find discovered more than $1 million worth of stolen construction equipment, firearms, ammunition on his Sussex County property, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said.
During a six-month investigation into burglaries and thefts from multiple construction sites in the northern New Jersey area, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”) Special Investigations Squad identified Nicholas T. DeMaio as a person of interest, Musella said.
On Tuesday, March 23, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad, Ridgefield Police Department, and New Jersey State Police executed a search warrant on a property that DeMaio rented on George Hill Road in Branchville Borough, Sussex County, Musella said.
The search revealed multiple pieces of stolen heavy construction equipment valued at over $1,000,000, as well as several illegal firearms, high capacity magazines, silencers and hollow point ammunition, Musella said.
DeMaio was charged with one count of second-degree receiving stolen property, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of two assault firearms, one count of second-degree fencing, one count of fourth-degree possession of eight high capacity magazines, one count of fourth-degree possession of hollow nose bullets, and one count of fourth-degree prohibited weapons and devices (specifically four silencers).
The Ridgefield Police Department, the Clifton Police Department, the Wharton Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police Sussex Station assisted in the investigation, Musella said