Cops believe NJ man may be behind 50 burglaries

February 22, 2019 - 1:46 pm

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Police arrested a man they believe is responsible for dozens of burglaries in Montclair that allegedly netted him about $400,000 in cash and jewels.

Saveon Hayles was arrested this week in Jersey City.

The 29-year-old is charged with 18 burglaries and four attempted burglaries. Investigators think he may be responsible for about 50 total burglaries.

Hayes ran from detectives when caught in Jersey City and was perused over fences and backyards until he was apprehended, police say. 

Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti says Hayes stole cash and jewelry totaling about $400,000.

"My understanding is he was entering the home not to commit any type of violence, just to steal items from the home. But at times there were residents home and anytime someone is home there is potential for violence, but that never did happen. But he would take opportunities to steal things and flee as quickly as possible," said Conforti.

Pawn shops where Hayes allegedly sold items he stole and surveillance from victims homes helped lead to the arrest.

Hayles may have known his target territory so well because he was a former resident of Montclair.