An arrest has been made in the case of a home burglary that took place in Bloomfield earlier this year. Late in the evening of May 28th, Bloomfield Police officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress, near Overlook Terrace. The suspect had forced open the rear door of a private residence, and entered a woman’s bedroom, when her screams drove him away. He took her pocket book as he fled the scene, and used the woman’s credit cards in the next 24 hours.
Using records of the fraudulent charges on the victim’s credit card and traffic records, the Bloomfield Police officers on the case were able to identify the suspect, with assistance from the Paterson Police Department, as 39-year-old Jose Malave, alias Jose Ramerez. On Tuesday morning, Lt. Pat Spatola and Detective James Peri of the Detective Bureau, and Sgt. Jeff Alfonso, of the recently formed Fugitive Squad placed him under arrest in Haledon, after notifying the Haledon Police Department of their presence. Malave was processed in the Bloomfield Police Department, and sent to the Essex County Correctional Facility to await trial on the charges of credit card fraud, burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief to the home.
“After a thorough investigation to ensure we had collected sufficient evidence and got the right man, an arrest was made Tuesday morning. This will hopefully bring a measure of comfort to the victim in Bloomfield. Mr. Malave has an extensive criminal history and is currently being investigated for a burglary in Bergen County,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “This arrest was the result of inter-departmental cooperation, and assistance from our neighboring police departments.”