South Brunswick Police Solve 2015 Cold Case

Excellent crime scene processing and modern-day forensics helped solve this case that led to the arrest

September 28, 2020

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond J. Hayducka announced the arrest of Jeuri Vargas, 23 year-old male of New Brunswick, from an occupied burglary investigation that occurred in 2015. 
 
On December 5, 2015 at 9:05pm, Officers responded to a residence on Joann Court in Monmouth Junction for a reported occupied burglary.  The residents advised Officers at scene that they were upstairs in their bedrooms when they heard noises coming from outside of their rooms.  One of the residents walked out of their bedroom and observed two males standing on their upstairs landing.  The two male suspects immediately fled down the stairs and exited the residence through a rear sliding door.  An inventory of the home was conducted and it was discovered that a X Box game console, laptop computer and two bottles of wine were stolen from the residence. 
 
Officer Sean Roberts, a Department Evidence Technician, processed the scene and was able to recover evidence including latent fingerprints from the rear sliding door and an I Pod case.  The latent fingerprints were submitted off to the New Jersey State Police Lab for further examination. 
 
In December of 2019 a fingerprint from this investigation was matched to Jeuri Vargas.  The burglary case was then re-opened by Detective Bryan Sites.  Detective Sites continued the investigation and conducting additional interviews.  On September 23, 2020 Detective Sites located Vargas near his residence in New Brunswick and he was arrested in connection to this investigation.
 
Detective Sites charged Vargas with burglary, theft of movable property, and conspiracy to commit burglary.  Vargas was lodged at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending his first court appearance
 
Chief Raymond Hayducka said, “The excellent crime scene processing of Officer Roberts and continued efforts by Detective Sites played a crucial part in this investigation.  Good modern-day forensics helped solve this case and led to the arrest of Vargas.”