Two suspects charged in 22 burglaries in Edison and nearby towns

Nine of the alleged crimes were perpetrated on Edison businesses

EDISON — In conjunction with the Somerset County Burglary Task Force, detectives from the Edison Police Department’s Special Operations Group charged two suspects March 2 with a total of 22 commercial burglaries in Edison and other neighboring towns.

“I am very proud of all the detectives involved in putting an end to this crime spree,” Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan said. “In addition, I must commend all the agencies involved in the task force for their quick response to these burglaries, and for the dedication and hard work that led to a quick resolve.”

The suspects — William Percivil, 20, of North Plainfield, and Daniel Suarez, 28, of Bridgewater — face charges for nine burglaries in Edison, along with six burglaries in South Plainfield and seven more in Somerset County.

Police said the 22 commercial burglaries began in January, prompting the formation of a burglary task force between the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and the Edison Police Department. Police departments from South Plainfield, Piscataway, North Plainfield and Franklin Township assisted with the task force.

Members of the Somerset County Burglary Task Force charged Percivil on March 2 at 4:30 a.m., following two burglaries at a salon and a day spa along Route 1 in Edison.

Detectives were conducting surveillance in Edison at the time of the burglaries. They stopped Percivil and Suarez in the vehicle in which they were traveling, and Suarez fled on foot, police said.

Suarez was apprehended two days later in Somerset County by the county’s burglary task force.

The other Edison businesses burglarized were Nick’s Meat Depot on Route 1; Star Pharmacy on Brunswick Avenue; Edison Pizza on Woodbridge Avenue; Rita’s Italian Ice on Woodbridge Avenue; Cheng Garden on Woodbridge Avenue; Millennium Nails & Spa on Woodbridge Avenue; and Beechwood Café & Grill on Woodbridge Avenue.

Following the apprehensions of Percivil and Suarez, police Sgt. David Salardino and Detective Steve Todd continued their investigation by piecing together evidence, including forensics, video footage and various proceeds recovered from the suspects’ vehicle and residences to ultimately charge the pair in all nine burglaries in Edison, police said. In addition, South Plainfield police charged the pair with six burglaries, and Somerset County charged the pair with seven burglaries in its jurisdiction.

Both men were being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center, each on $250,000 bail, on charges of burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.