A string of four similar burglaries took place at various locations in Bloomfield last year. Now, using DNA evidence, and vehicle registration records, the Bloomfield Police Department has the burglar, 43-year-old Erich Porsch, of Bloomfield, in custody.
Vehicles belonging to the suspect’s girlfriend at the time of the burglaries match the vehicles seen on surveillance footage of the burglaries, all of which took place between the hours of midnight and 5:00am between January and April of 2017. All of the burglaries were committed by someone driving a dark colored vehicle to the locations and using a hammer to break into the commercial establishments where he took money from cash registers, and–in some cases–cartons of cigarettes.
“Our dedicated Detectives collected evidence from the crime scenes immediately after the incidents last year. When the forensic lab corroborated our suspicions, the detectives on this case, Lt. Patsy Spatola, Lt. Michael Sisco, and Detective James Peri, executed a search warrant Thursday morning and arrested Mr. Porsch at his apartment in town,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “With our forensic and video evidence, the suspect admitted to all four burglaries. I would like to thank Lt. Spatola, Lt. Sisco and Detective Peri for their professionalism during this long investigation and congratulate them on making this arrest.”
While in Bloomfield Police custody, the arresting officers questioned Mr. Porsch about two burglaries committed in Nutley this year that fit the patterns of his Bloomfield burglaries, and obtained a confession for one of the incidents. He has an extensive criminal history. For the Bloomfield burglaries, Mr. Porsch has been charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of theft and four counts of criminal mischief. He is currently in the Essex County Correctional Facility, awaiting trial.