ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Six people from Englewood, Teaneck and beyond -- with connections to the infamous James Bond burglary gang -- were arraigned Monday on a sweeping indictment that alleges a string of burglaries, fencings and trafficking in stolen property, as well as money laundering, drug and weapons offenses and charges of child abuse and ngelct.
The charges against the five men and one woman were presented to a grand jury several months ago but were sealed while police waited to arrest Bruce “Cap” Anderson of Queens, 48, a founding member of the Bond gang.
Brought into court in Hackensack with Anderson were Jamelle L. Singletary, Lawal Erskine, Jamaal T. Sermon, Singletary's girlfriend, Janay Cole, and Queens jewelry dealer David Tadjiev.
The indictment identifies at least 24 different homes across the state where, authorities said, four of the men committed burglaries in consultation with Tadjiev and directed by Cole.
What the burglars apparently didn’t suspect is that prosecutors’ investigators had GPS devices planted on all their vehicles and were tracing their every move.
Authorities said the crew broke into homes in Closter, as well as into a a dozen separate addresses in Morris County and five in Somerset County.
They routinely wore hats, masks and gloves and communicated by cell phone and text, with Cole often texting out addresses the traveling band should “hit” while on the road, the indictment alleges.
They then called or visited Tadjiev at least five separate times from July 22 - Nov. 6, 2014 to discuss burglaries and jewelry fencing, it says.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor David Calviello said it was “too preliminary” to discuss possible plea deals.
“I wanted to see who the attorneys are, and to get an idea what motions will be argued on Nov. 30,” Calviello said.
Five of the defendants will return on that date. Sermon comes back on Dec. 7 because his attorney, Landry Belizaire, won't be available.
Cole, Sermon and Tadjiev were free on bail. The other three remained held in the Bergen County Jail.
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