Neighbor’s 911 Call Leads To Arrest Of Roselle Man For Attempted Burglary

On Sunday June 1st, at approximately 9:56 p.m., Sergeant Michael Wielgus, Patrolman Brian Macdonald, and Patrolman Brian Swick responded to the 100 block of Warren Avenue after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting a burglary in progress where an unknown individual was attempting to gain access to the residence and was observed walking from the rear yard, heading toward Locust Street.

The caller described the suspect as a male, wearing all dark clothing and a dark-colored hat.

While responding to that location, Patrolman Swick observed a male fitting the description in front of a residence on the 100 block Warren Avenue. Following an on-scene identification by the witness, the male, identified as Dimetri Shell, age 46 from Roselle, was placed under arrest for Attempted Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (heroin) that was found reportedly in his pocket.

According to police, an investigation revealed that Mr. Shell had attempted to gain access to the rear of the residence by kicking in a boarded up basement window. The window was boarded up following a burglary to the same residence, which occurred on May 23, 2014 where unknown actor(s) gained entry through that same window and stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of copper pipes still attached to the house.

Dimetri Shell is being held in the Union County Jail on $45,000 bail.