Alleged burglar makes phone call to his victim
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Gregory Alexander, 45, of 519 E. 19th St., Paterson, NJ.
Charges stem from an incident which occurred on Jan. 23 at 218 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.
Alexander is charged with burglary, criminal trespass, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of receiving stolen property, and criminal mischief. Charges were filed by Officer Jason Helmer.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:
At about 4:15 p. m. on Jan. 23, Helmer was dispatched to 218 E. Bertsch St. on a burglary complaint. Upon arrival, he spoke with the complainant, Quadeerah Alexander, who told him she had arrived home between 3:30-4 p. m. to find her Sony flat screen television missing, along with a PA Cyber School-issued Toshiba Satellite ProC650 laptop belonging to her daughter, Danieele Harvard.
Alexander told Helmer that when she had let home at about 6:15 a.m. , the items had been there. She said there was a message from her estranged husband, Gregory Alexander, on her voice mail when she arrived home that afternoon.
Helmer listened to the message, in which a male said "You're going to be miserable as hell when you get home and find out that your TV's gone and Danieele's laptop is gone. You have more than enough money to buy a new TV and laptop. You take care, you have a good day, on my way down south."
The call was placed at 1 p. m. from Gregory Alexander's cell number.
Quadeerah Alexander said her husband has been living in Patterson, New Jersey, since the couple separated in June.
Helmer checked the outside of the home, and found that a coal bin window had been broken, and that there were bits of glass on the sill. Quadeerah said the window had been intact. Helmer checked the back of the house on the east side, and saw footprints in the snow, leading to an unsecured window of an enclosed porch/storage area attached to the house.
Quadeerah Alexander said there were various items on the inside ledge of the window that had been moved away. Helmer saw a hole on the interior windowsill where someone's foot had gone through drywall as he stepped inside.
Helmer checked the inside of the porch/storage area, and found fresh pry marks on the door and door frame leading from the porch into the kitchen. A neighbor said he had heard a loud noise from that area between 10-11 a.m. that day.
Helmer tried to call Gregory Alexander on his cell phone, without success. Based on the above facts and the likelihood that Gregory Alexander is now out-of-state, a warrant was issued for his arrest.