Little Silver Man, 20, Accused of Burglarizing Two Homes

Police say two houses on Little Silver Point Road in Little Silver were entered.

A 20-year old Little Silver man is being held at the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail on charges he burglarized two homes on Little Silver Point Road in Little Silver.

Patrick O'Connell of Winding Way is accused of entering the houses on July 5 without permission and with the purpose to commit an offense. At one house, police allege he entered through the front door, and at another, he gained entry to the enclosed porch area, damaging the door. 

The criminal complaint was certified by Little Silver Patrol Officer Amanda Arnold. 

He was held on $20,000 bail, no ten percent option, at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility, as set by municipal Judge James E. Berube Jr. 

His first appearance before a judge is scheduled for July 10. 

An arrest is not a conviction, and every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.


Ken Barber July 08, 2014 at 06:44 AM
"The man entered the houses on July 5 without permission and with the purpose to commit an offense." If it was burglarizing, why didn't the comment say "with the purpose to steal" ?
Peter July 08, 2014 at 08:35 AM
In New Jersey, as most states, the requisite mental state to convict a defendant accused of burglary is "with purpose to commit an offense therein or thereon." New Jersey Code 2C:18-2. So, the State must establish for the element of intent that the defendant entered a structure, such as someone's residential dwelling, with the intent to commit some crime inside. Usually, this crime is theft, but other crimes can render the unlawful entry a burglary as well. For example, someone may enter a structure with the intent to commit arson, an assault, or vandalism.


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