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Englewood condo maintenance worker trafficked thousands in jewelry, electronics, authorities charge

Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A summer temp from Englewood trafficked thousands of dollars worth of pricey and sentimental belongings stolen during break-ins and swiped from doorsteps in the condo complex where he worked, authorities have charged.

The spree began last Fourth of July and continued for eight weeks before police cracked the case and arrested Darion Salazar, a nine-count indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack yesterday 0ayss.

The Cross Creek Condominium Association on Broad Avenue in Englewood “began an internal investigation and discovered overwhelming evidence that Salazar was involved in the thefts,” Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

That included one condo that was broken into twice, he said.

Salazar, who turned 26 last week, had sold jewelry stolen in the thefts to a Paramus shop and was planning on shipping some of the other items to his native Colombia for profit when he was taken into custody.

A search of his home turned thousands of dollars worth of stolen items, including laptops, iPads, headphones, gold 5S iPhones and Playstations, Torell said.

The jewelry, recovered with help from Paramus police, “had great sentimental value to one of our victims,” the captain said. “We were ecstatic to locate those pieces.”

Salazar apparently had a set of keys to one of the units, authorities said.

He “was extremely neat and took selected items,” Torell said, “so some of the residents may have thought whatever they were missing was perhaps misplaced.”

He also snatched packages from doorsteps and front porches throughout the complex as he went about his daily duties, the captain said.

Salazar remained held on $75,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with three counts each of burglary and theft, as the investigation continues.

MUGSHOTS: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

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