LOWER MAKEFIELD PA Jan 27 2017 Jeremy Ruga was busted with his burglary weapon of choice.
The 29-year-old Trenton resident was found to be in possession of a homemade yellow-handle sledgehammer after he was pulled over by Ewing police in a stolen vehicle on Jan. 2, authorities announced Wednesday.
That weapon and clothing uncovered in the car ultimately linked Ruga to a smash-and-grab robbery that occurred on Dec. 28 at approximately 3:15 a.m. at a Kohl’s department store in Lower Makefield Township, Pa., police said Wednesday in a press release.
Lower Makefield detectives then obtained search warrants for Ruga’s Trenton apartment and recovered several stolen items from the Kohl’s heist, authorities said.
According to video released by police last month, a man entered the store and broke the front glass doors with a sledgehammer to gain access to the building located at 1641 Big Oak Rd. While in the store, the man, who was wearing attire similar to the clothing found in the stolen vehicle, smashed the jewelry counter and made off with items valued between $60,000 and $100,000, including black diamond jewelry and Citizen Eco watches.
The vehicle that Ruga was driving was reported stolen from Morrisville, Pa, police said.
Ruga, of the 800 block of West State Street, was charged by New Jersey authorities with receiving stolen property and false reports. He was sent to the Mercer County Correction Center. For the smash-and-grab robbery, Ruga was charged by Lower Makefield police with burglary, criminal trespass, theft receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.