Bronx Man Charged in Connection With Multiple Car Break-Ins in Fort Lee

Police say the alleged crimes occurred over a period of eight months, including three break-ins late Thursday night

A Bronx man has been charged in connection with several car burglaries in Fort Lee over the last year, with the latest incident occurring Thursday night, police said Friday. 

Nicholas Herman, 31, was arrested Friday around midnight, after he allegedly broke into three vehicles on Hudson Terrace and assaulted a K-9 Unit search dog, Capt. Roy Bortolus said.

Police were called to Hudson Terrace after a resident reported that her husband saw a man breaking into a car on the street, Bortolus said. 

When officers arrived, another Hudson Terrace resident pointed out a BMW and said the alleged burglar was still in the area, he said. 

“K-9 officer Ricky Hernandez then approached with his [dog] and announced that the suspect show himself, or the dog would be released,” Bortolus said.

When Herman, who was allegedly hiding in the back of the BMW, did not respond, Hernandez released the dog, according to Bortolus.

A brief struggle ensued, during which Herman started kicking the dog before Hernandez and police officers John Reuter and Tom Keelen were able to take him into custody, Bortolus said. 

Fort Lee police later discovered Herman’s alleged connection with “approximately” nine other burglaries in the Fort Lee area over the past eight months, according to Bortolus.

Herman would allegedly break car windows with a screwdriver and take things like GPS devices, MP3 players and cash, Bortolus said, adding that he “even took a bowling ball from one car.”

Herman, who is currently being held at the pending arraignment, was charged with multiple counts of theft, burglary by entering a structure, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and causing harm to a law enforcement animal.

Tracy December 10, 2011 at 01:48 AM
He should do double time for kicking the dog.
William Mays December 10, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Yeah, what an asshole. If that POS tried to kick my dog, I would shoot him.
Ottmar Pak December 10, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Or just tie him up and let the dog get 30 seconds alone with him.
Ossie Cerna December 13, 2011 at 05:47 PM
The officer should have let dog "play" with the burglar for a few more minuyes, I would have bet on the dog...


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