Man Charged in Connection with Six Commercial Burglaries

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MORRIS COUNTY — Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, Dover Police Chief Jonathan Delaney, Florham Park Police Chief Joseph Orlando, Randolph Police Chief Will Harzula, and Roxbury Police Chief Dean Adone announce the arrest of Kenneth K. Cook, 48, of Allentown, PA, on charges stemming from a series of six commercial burglaries allegedly committed in Dover, Florham Park, Randolph, and Roxbury.

The Morris County commercial burglaries transpired between November 2021 and January 2022. In several incidents, the defendant is observed utilizing a large sack in which to put the proceeds, and in multiple surveillance videos, leaving the scene and entering the rear passenger door of a dark-colored Acura TL before fleeing.

Cook is accused of:

  • Committing burglary and theft by taking up to 80 packs of cigarettes from a store in Randolph on November 7, 2021, and causing damages to the business by smashing a glass door.
  • Committing burglary and theft by taking multiple cigarette cartons, scratch-off lottery tickets, and cash from a gas station in Succasunna on November 7, 2021, and causing damage to the business by smashing a glass door.
  • Committing burglary and theft by taking cash from a restaurant in Florham Park on November 21, 2021, and causing damages to the business by smashing a glass door.
  • Committing burglary and theft by taking multiple cartons of cigarettes and cigars, lottery tickets, and cash from a convenience store in Florham Park on November 21, 2021, and causing damages to the business by smashing a glass door.
  • Committing burglary and theft by taking a safe, multiple cigarette cartons, vape merchandise, and cash from a gas station in Randolph on December 18, 2021, and causing damages to the business by smashing a glass door.
  • Committing burglary and theft by taking cash, scratch-off lottery tickets, and multiple cigarette cartons from a gas station in Dover on January 12, 2022, and causing damage to the business by smashing a glass door.

Cook has been charged in Morris County with:

  • Five counts of Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Unlawful Taking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:20-3a, a crime of the Third Degree.
  • Five counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:18-2a(1), a crime of the Third Degree.
  • Five counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:20-3a, a crime of the Third Degree.
  • One count of Theft by Unlawful Taking, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2a(1)/2C:20-3a, a crime of the Fourth Degree.
  • Six counts of Burglary in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2a(1), a crime of the Third Degree.
  • Six counts of Criminal Mischief, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:17-3a(1), a crime of the Fourth Degree.

Cook was arrested on the above charges on June 6.  He remains detained at the Bergen County jail, awaiting a June 8  detention hearing regarding charges of a similar nature

Prosecutor Carroll would like to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Intelligence/Homeland Security/Auto Theft Task Force Unit, Randolph Township Police Department, the Roxbury Township Police Department, the Florham Park Police Department, the Dover Police Department, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for their assistance on this investigation and arrest.

Editor’s Note: An arrest or the signing of a criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.