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October 13, 2016

D.A.: New Jersey man stole more than $160,000 worth of cheese

Investigation Burglary
101316_CheeseDarlius Source/Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

Darlius Ortiz, 18, of Paterson.

An 18-year-old New Jersey man has been jailed on charges that he stole more than $160,000 worth of cheese from a Moonachie-based distributor of food products and services, prosecutors announced Thursday. 

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said in a release that Darlius J. Ortiz, of Paterson, was arrested after a two-week joint investigation into the Sept. 23 commercial burglary and theft at GraceKennedy Foods on Moonachie Avenue. 

At approximately 11:30 p.m. that night, prosecutors say multiple suspects entered the premises after hours and took pallets of Tastee Cheese brand products from a storage area. Subsequent investigation revealed that Ortiz was allegedly responsible for the theft. 

He was apprehended in Paterson on Wednesday and arrested without incident. 

Ortiz is charged with one count of theft, one count of burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and possession of burglary tools. He is lodged in the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail without a 10 percent cash option. 

No other suspects were immediately identified by the prosecutor's office and an active investigation remains ongoing.