Residents crowded a Montclair First Ward meeting back in December, concerned about a string of break-ins and burglaries. At that tie, Montclair Chief of Police Todd Conforti could not share any details about the investigation, but said the police were hoping to make an arrest soon.
This week, Montclair Police, with assistance from Jersey City Police, announced the arrest a suspect. 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.
“He came outside his residence and a foot pursuit occurred through several yards and fences,” said Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti. “He was arrested with the assistance of Jersey City police.”
Hayles allegedly stole more than $400,000 in cash and jewelry, some of which has been recovered.
Conforti shares more in the interview.