Two men have been arrested by the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) in connection with two separate burglaries in the borough.
Michael A. Rompa, age 41 from Peabody, Massachusetts, was arrested yesterday, December 12th, in relation to a reported burglary at China Royal, located at 115 West Westfield Avenue, almost two months ago. On October 25th, police reported that forced entry was made to a side entrance of the restaurant and the cash register removed along with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A follow-up investigation was conducted by the Detective Joshua Medrano. Evidence was recovered from the scene along with video surveillance from several businesses in the area that showed on October 24th at 1030 p.m., a white male with a bald head wearing a light-colored sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers kick in the side entrance to the store. Once inside, he removed the register and concealed it inside his sweatshirt. He entered a dark-colored Ford Focus that was driven by a female accomplice and fled the area.
With the assistance of officers from Union Township, Woodbridge and New Jersey State Police the actor was positively identified in the video as Michael A. Rompa, age 41 from Peabody, Massachusetts. Mr. Rompa was formally charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. He was served with a warrant and remains lodged in the Union County Jail where he was awaiting court proceedings on a prior arrest made in Union Township by the New Jersey State Police.
On Wednesday, November 15th, the RPPD Detective Bureau charged David A. Caba, age 47 from Roselle, for a burglary committed on November 2nd at approximately 3:25 a.m. at Locust Street Deli located at 300 Locust Street.
In this instance, forced entry was reportedly made to the front door of the business where the suspect removed the cash register drawer and its contents along with a picture frame that housed the first earnings made during the grand opening of the store. Intelligence was received from Union Township Detectives that led to the arrest of Mr. Caba after a joint investigation was conducted between the two jurisdictions.
Mr. Caba was formally charged with burglary, theft, and criminal mischief. He was served with a warrant and remains lodged in the Union County Jail.