Neighbor Accused of Brooklyn Mountain Road Burglaries

Security footage of a red pickup truck and pawned stolen items led to the arrest of Michael Laborda, 25, police said.

Michael Laborda (photo/Hopatcong Police Dept.)
Michael Laborda (photo/Hopatcong Police Dept.)
A man who lives on the very street where several Hopatcong burglaries have taken place was arrested and charged in two of the crimes and in an attempted break-in on a nearby street, Hopatcong Police said Thursday.

Michael Laborda, 25, of Brooklyn Mountain Road, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, driving a red extended cab Ford pickup truck that the Hopatcong Police had put out in an alert for on the same day.

It was the security camera image of the truck that helped find Laborda, Hopatcong Police Lt. Thomas Kmetz said. The image was from the camera of the homeowner on Columbia Trail in Tuesday's attempted burglary. The homeowner had heard someone at the front door, then saw a white man trying to break in through the back door of his home, police said.

Police said the intruder fled in a red extended cab Ford, the same one picked up by the homeowner's security camera.

Kmetz said police found the truck parked at a Brooklyn Mountain Road residence, and they had been staking out the house since 6 a.m. Wednesday. When detectives arrived at the house, they knocked on the door, but Laborda allegedly refused to answer.

Laborda eventually left the house at about 3:30 p.m., got into the red pickup and drove away until he was stopped by police on Lakeside Boulevard.

Laborda had allegedly pawned some of the jewelry stolen in one of the burglaries. Kmetz said they found Laborda's license plate noted among the records of a pawn shop where some of the stolen jewelry turned up. 

"That gave us probable cause," Kmetz said.

Laborda, who is unemployed and who cooperated with detectives after his arrest, had allegedly broken into two houses that were near his own home, Kmetz said. He was charged in two of the three Brooklyn Mountain Road burglaries and Tuesday's attempted Columbia Trail burglary.

Laborda was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of fourth-degree possession of burglar tools, two counts of third-degree theft for the stolen jewelry and cash and three counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief for the damage done when the homes were burglarized.

Laborda was taken to Sussex County Jail in Newton in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The third Brooklyn Mountain Road burglary is still under investigation, police said.
Afro Maniac January 16, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Wow so this is what Beach Bum was up to . Oh wait I'm sure his stupid comments will fly real soon . You know the original stuff like , "Way to start the year Hopatcong" or where are the Drones " waiting on you D bag .
mary January 16, 2014 at 02:54 PM
So glad I moved out of this town
Jessica January 16, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Please let us know this magic town you moved to with no drugs and no crime.
Lake Resident January 16, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Yes please share I am also interested in what town that is
Frank forkman January 16, 2014 at 04:32 PM
I know where it is ! But , if I tell you , I'd have ................... LOL Afro Maniac . LOL , You Great ! No S--t .
Eyeballs January 16, 2014 at 04:37 PM
another hopatcong graduate? camden is safer due to the better school system and parental support... thank you...
BeachBum January 16, 2014 at 05:05 PM
Yup. But I already chiseled my way out - Good job HPD
Roll Back Our Tax January 16, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Mary....I am glad I moved out of Hopatcong and the state too http://watchdog.org/123970/christie-trust-study-ranks-new-jersey-worst-u-s/
Frank forkman January 16, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Mary .... So are we Glad . Bummer , Need your Chisel re-sharpened ? Bronzed ? Gold Platted ? Since I live In this Town , which i Like by the way , I am trying to " make a Buck " doing the re-sharpening and Platting , oh wait , in this town , i can go Steal , break-in , Rob , Hold-up , etc... Since it is this Town , Rite ?? Our PD will never ever catch anyone breakin the Law , breakin the Law , Good Song too . People are funny , not me of course , just people .
mary January 16, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Its funny how all I said was glad I moved out of the town. Never said I moved to a town with no drugs every town has that it seems everyone got so nasty. iI guess iI made my point iI wasntwasn't nasty or rude so why do u have to be
mary January 16, 2014 at 06:28 PM
I am glad I moved cause I lived closed to where all three break ends are
ocean111 January 16, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Eyeballs. Roll Back our Tax, Mary, and whomever else moved out of the town, Why are you so interested in what is still going on that you keep following and commenting on things that happen here.. Think you need a new hobby, cause that is all it appears to be to you all.
Roll Back Our Tax January 16, 2014 at 06:58 PM
http://www.njherald.com/story/24467108/20-subpoenas-issued-in-nj-traffic-scandal ....guess we all need to find something else to amuse us besides the bridge scandal. BTW.. a spokesperson said "they did not know how much the legal investigative team Christie hired cost or who's paying for it. LOL!!! Lived in NJ since 1987 and Hopatcong since 2003. Only things that changed were the lies.
Michele Guttenberger January 16, 2014 at 07:26 PM
1) Police said the intruder fled in a red extended cab Ford, the same one picked up by the homeowner's security camera. Kmetz said police found the truck parked at a Brooklyn Mountain Road residence, and they had been staking out the house 2) Kmetz said they found Laborda's license plate noted among the records of a pawn shop where some of the stolen jewelry turned up. Ok 2 important investigative things our police did to make the arrest happen. Do you think other towns have such investigative and stake out dedication by their police force to make these arrests. The Hometown I came from they would never have done this stake out . They would have just filed a written report given by the homeowner. I have friends who live in wealthy neighborhoods near the corridor of big highways. They have had their homes burglarized numerous times and you can bet the local Police dept. did not spend any time with a stake out to catch these thieves. Also in my hometown the police dept was overweight and spent most of their time at Dunkin Donuts counter waiting for their dispatch calls. Not so with Hopatcong PD, they are always active, aware and involved with their community. Hopatcong may have its share of problems but, it has an exceptional and involved police dept. from my own personal comparisons. Most towns in our country to not have a police patrol nearby to protect their neighborhoods. It becomes a necessity for homeowners to live in a private guarded and gated community to keep their homes protected from burglaries. I can give some good reasons to leave this town but, the performance of the police dept. is not one of them. In fact, I am sure when I do move out of Hopatcong for practical reasons, I'll probably be bragging about the excellent HPD we had and its a shame I could not take them with me.
Jessica January 16, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Thank you Michele!
Eyeballs January 16, 2014 at 07:53 PM
we need to reduce the financial burden police pensions put on taxpayers... time to cut these giveaways once and for all... lots of cops work for 25 years, "retire" and move to other states because taxes are too high in NJ... i wonder why that is? i will continue to support the governor in cost cutting measures... please join me... thank you...
Jessica January 16, 2014 at 09:31 PM
You are not funny. At all.
Afro Maniac January 17, 2014 at 05:52 AM
Beach Bum is still a D-Bag !!!!! Chiseled or not .
BeachBum January 17, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Catch up with ya next week (or sooner) when the headlines report more crimes in Hopatcong
Afro Maniac January 17, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Man up and tell us the town you live in D-Bag . Your touch of a puss to say it or you will lie . Go back amd put your peenie weenie little brain back under the rock you came from .
Afro Maniac January 17, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Such a puss . Excuse the auto correct . Wouldn't want to mis represent Hopatcong !
Observer January 17, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Today's Daily Record, page A3.
Frank forkman January 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Afro Maniac , Don't get your BP up to high there .. You are 100% rite in what you say , but easy now . Don't blow a gasket over some people that aren't worth it to begin with ....


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