Burglary Suspects Arrested at Hospital Center PDF Print E-mail

Cedar Grove – Two suspects were arrested last night at the old Hospital Center, located at 125 Fairview Avenue, and charged with burglary.

Cedar Grove police officers on routine patrol at the facility observed an open door on the north side of the center’s administration building at 8:40 p.m. and contacted the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that officers from both law enforcement agencies entered the building and spotted two freshly cut copper pipes behind the open door. One pipe was 2 inches in diameter and four feet in length. The second pipe was 2 inches in diameter and 10 feet long with an electrical motor attached to it.

Sheriff Fontoura added that in the immediate area a bucket of tools, valves and a hacksaw with the inscription “A. Bove” on it written in black magic marker was also discovered by the officers.

While preparing to conduct a complete building search two males were observed exiting a nearby wooded area. Upon questioning, the suspects voluntarily admitted to removing the copper pipes.

Andrea Bove, Jr., age 50, of Totowa and Nicholas Mecca, age 42, of Verona were charged with burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

Cedar Grove municipal court Judge Nicholas Brindisi set bail at $15,000 for both suspects who were lodged at the Essex County jail where they await an appearance in criminal Central Judicial Processing court on Friday.