Saveon Hayles, 29, a former Montclair resident who now resides in Jersey City, was arrested following a lengthy investigation involving more than 50 residential burglaries and attempted burglaries in Montclair, Montclair Police announced today.
A number of these burglaries occurred while the residents were present in the home. In one incident, a resident observed the suspect walking through his upstairs hallway, as he lay in bed. In another, a homeowner observed the suspect run down the stairwell from the second floor of the home and out a rear door. This suspect forced entry into many of these homes by kicking in doors or by use of a tool. On other occasions, the suspect entered through unlocked doors and windows, grabbing pocketbooks and wallets from the kitchen and dining areas of the home.
Approximately $400,000 in cash and jewelry was stolen during these burglaries. Hayles has been charged in connection with 18 Burglaries, four attempted burglaries and theft in the 2nd degree. Some of the jewelry proceeds from these burglaries have been successfully recovered by Detectives and are being returned to these victims. A large number of the jewelry items stolen in these incidents were sold by Hayles to pawn stores in Essex and Hudson Counties. These pawn shops then sold a majority of these items via the internet.
Hayles was apprehended in Jersey City, following a surveillance operation by Montclair Detectives. When observed, Hayles fled into a nearby apartment building, while being pursued by Detectives. Jersey City Police joined the foot pursuit as the suspect proceeded through back yards and over fences in surrounding blocks. He was ultimately captured in the rear yard of a residence. This arrest was successfully accomplished without injury to officers or the suspect.
Montclair Police would like to thank the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in making this arrest.