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Lawyer asks Bergen judge to dismiss case of accused father-son cat burglar team

Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
Photo Credit: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter

EXCLUSIVE: A judge in Hackensack today set a Dec. 9 hearing on a defense lawyer’s request to dismiss the charges against a Long Island father and son accused in a string of cat burglar-like break-ins in Saddle River and Morris County.

Attorney Brian Neary said one of three grand jury proceedings against both his client, Jerome Shaw Jr., and the man’s father, Jerome Shaw Sr., ended without charges being brought.

Another led to an April 23 indictment charging both with 10 counts of burglary and related offenses.

Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian (STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

“We want to see the other grand jury presentments,” Neary told Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian.

Alerted by a resident, a borough police sergeant pulled over the Shaws’ pickup truck on West Saddle River Road just after 1:15 a.m. on Oct. 21.

Both were wearing black coverall jumpsuits, and Shaw Jr. had a handwritten list of addresses of residences in Saddle River and Mendham with him — a violation of state statute, according to the indictment.

Inside the truck, which had North Carolina license plates, police reported finding “a sledgehammer or large mallet, a pipe wrench, pry bars, cutting pliers, plastic zip ties, black gloves, black ski masks, goggles, flashlights, and five small rocks,” it says.

Earlier that night, homes were broken into on Warewoods Road, Stoney Ridge Road, High Meadow Road and Eugene Drive in Saddle River and Chapel Road and Stevens Road in Mendham, the indictment says.

Other charges against the Shaws, who have previous burglary convictions out of Nassau County, include counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and illegal weapons possession.

Records also show that both were arrested under similar circumstances in Montgomery County, Md. in 2006. The disposition of that case couldn’t be determined.

They remain free on $50,000 bail each in the Bergen County case.

Brian Neary, Jerome Shaw Jr., Jerome Shaw Sr. (STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter)

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