Residents and Businesses,
We are pleased to announce the arrest of a criminal who burglarized two businesses in our town in November of 2021. On 11/21/21 Officers took reports from a convenience store, on Columbia Turnpike, and a local eatery, in a nearby shopping center, reporting they were burglarized overnight. Detective Frank Pietropinto began the investigation and obtained valuable evidence immediately. He quickly learned that other Morris County towns, as well as many Bergen County towns, were victimized by the same suspect and suspect vehicle. Through various investigative techniques, Detective Pietropinto obtained a suspect license plate and, not long after, was able to identify a suspect tied to that vehicle and our crimes.
Over the course of several months numerous agencies worked together, each taking on a different responsibility in evidence collection, in order to put together the strongest case for all those communities involved. After months of investigating, the suspect, Mr. Kenneth Cook, age 48 from Newark, NJ was arrested and lodged in the Bergen County Jail. Mr. Cook was criminally charged with two counts each of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief specifically related to our Florham Park victims. He remains lodged, in the Bergen County Jail, on all charges from Florham Park and additional jurisdictions.
There are two points I would like to note in regards to our investigations. First, we are keenly aware of victim belief that Police Investigations “take so long.” It’s true, they often do, and we sympathize with that, however, there’s usually good reason. Our investigators spend countless hours to prove they have put together the strongest case possible, in an effort to ensure convictions in Court. This is not only to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, but to ensure justice is served to our victims. Second, as with our need to collaborate with the public, in helping us keep the Borough safe, we would not be as successful in clearing cases without the collaboration of other law enforcement agencies working together for a common cause, which adds significant time to investigative efforts. Please know that while the wheels of justice may appear to be moving slow at times, we are pursuing the criminal element with committed dedication for the benefit of our residents and the community.
Please, see the release below for your reference on this matter.
Joseph J. Orlando
Chief of Police
June 7, 2022