Arrest Made in Shongum Burglaries
Posted: February 6, 2013
On February 5, 2013 at approximately 7:00 a.m., members of the Randolph Township Police Department’s patrol division were called to the Shongum Lake area for the reported burglaries of several residences and motor vehicles.
During the early morning hours, an unknown suspect entered several unlocked residences through rear entrances and unlocked motor vehicles removing various items including cash and jewelry.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s criminal investigative section, K-9 unit and the Randolph detective bureau were called to assist with the multi-burglary investigation. A canvass of the surrounding areas was conducted and footwear impressions of the suspect were developed.
Members of the Randolph detective bureau responded to a residence on a nearby street from the original scene of the burglaries. Their attention was focused on a suspect they had developed in a previous investigation into a motor vehicle burglary. Detectives made contact with Cooper T. Sauter, age 24, of Randolph and had the opportunity to interview him at the police department. A subsequent interview revealed that Mr. Sauter was responsible for numerous residential and motor vehicle burglaries which have occurred in the Shongum Lake section of town since the summer of 2012.
Mr. Sauter was subsequently charged with 10 counts of burglary, 10 counts of theft and 2 counts of criminal attempt to commit burglary. Proceeds and evidence from the burglaries committed during the early morning hours were recovered from Mr. Sauter’s residence.
Randolph Municipal Court Judge Ira A. Cohen set bail for Mr. Sauter at $50,000. Mr. Sauter was committed to the Morris County Correctional Facility in default of bail.
Anyone who may have additional information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Jeff Gomez at 973.989.7018.
The Randolph Township Police Department would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents that they should always lock their doors and vehicles.