TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: OCTOBER 13, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. GREWAL announced today the arrest of DARLUIS J. ORTIZ (DOB: 02-18-98) of 445 E. 27th Street, Paterson, New Jersey in connection to a commercial burglary and theft at GraceKennedy Foods (USA) DBA La Fe Foods ("La Fe") in Moonachie, New Jersey in September 2016. ORTIZ’s arrest is the result of a two-week, joint investigation undertaken by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Chief Robert ANZILOTTI, and the Moonachie Police Department under the direction of Officer-in-Charge, Sergeant Richard BEHRENS.
On September 23, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a commercial burglary and theft was committed at La Fe’s Moonachie, New Jersey operation. It was reported that multiple actors entered the premises after hours and stole pallets of Tastee Cheese brand products from a storage area within the premises. The value of the stolen products was in excess of $160,000.00.
Through subsequent investigation, detectives identified ORTIZ as the individual responsible for the theft. On October 12, 2016, ORTIZ was located and apprehended in Paterson without incident. ORTIZ was charged with the following offenses: one count of Theft, a crime of the 2nd degree; one count of Burglary, a crime of the 3rd degree; one count of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, a crime of the 4th degree; and Possession of Burglary Tools, a disorderly persons offense.
ORTIZ is currently lodged in the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $150,000.00 no 10% cash option bail set by the Honorable Susan J. Steele, P.J.Cr. This investigation is currently active and continuing.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Grewal states that these charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that additional arrests are expected, and would also like to thank the Moonachie Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.
BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE CHARGE INFORMATION FORM
DEFENDANT: DARLUIS J. ORTIZ DOB: 02/18/1998
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 445 EAST 27th STREET, PATERSON, NJ
MARITAL STATUS: SINGLE
OCCUPATION: TRUCK DRIVER
DATE & TIME OF ARREST: 10/12/2016 11:00 AM
PLACE OF ARREST/TOWN: PATERSON, NJ
CHARGE AND STATUTE CITATIONS
N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2A(1) – ONE COUNT OF BURGLARY, A THIRD DEGREE CRIME.
N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3A - ONE COUNT OF THEFT, A SECOND DEGREE CRIME.
N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2A(1) - ONE COUNT OF CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT, A FOURTH DEGREE CRIME.
N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2A(1) - ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF BURGLARY TOOLS, A DISORDERLY PERSONS OFFENSE.
ARRAIGNMENT DATE: 10/13/16 1:30 PM
JUDGE: HONORABLE SUSAN J. STEELE, P.J.Cr.
BAIL AMOUNT & CONDITIONS: $150,000.00, NO 10% OPTION
PRESENT STATUS: REMAND TO THE BERGEN COUNTY JAIL