EXCLUSIVE: A Teaneck woman accused of helping her boyfriend’s burglary crew target homes for break-ins had her 6-year-old child in the room while she packaged cocaine for sale — then hid out for a week when she discovered that police were looking for her, an assistant prosecutor said this past week.
Still, a judge in Hackensack reduced bail to $100,000 from $750,000 for Janay Cole, a 26-year-old former Englewood schools lunch aid accused of suppyling a target list to her boyfriend, Jamelle Singletary, in a burglary spree that hit homes in Bergen, Morris and Somerset counties.
Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi, who conducted the bail hearing via teleconference from the state Judicial College, attached conditions.
Cole cannot have any contact whatsoever with Singletary, a reputed associate of the infamous James Bond Gang who is charged along with three other men in more than 30 burglaries (She and Singletary are also charged with child endangerment for allegedly having the drugs around their youngster).
Cole also must live with her mother in Englewood and meet with her probation officer weekly, the judge ordered. There will also be home visits, DeAvila Silebi said.
Cole also must post the full bail — but not until after a hearing to determine the source of the money.
Cole turned herself in on Nov. 14, nearly a week after a strike force arrested Singletary and local co-defendants Lawal Erskine and Jamal Sermon, along with their alleged fence, Queens jewelry salesman David Tadjiev, at his home in Queens.
Singletary was on probation at the time for his admitted role in the theft of a 600-pound safe from Greenwich, CT in October 2012.
Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor David Calviello accused Cole of “texting an accomplice who then immediately left to commit a home burglary,” and also participating in “significant drug distribution.”
Cole was packaging cocaine “in her bedroom, with her 6-year old child present, and with access to that cocaine on a daily basis,” he said.
Defense attorney Vincent Basile told the judge that his client surrendered voluntarily and “has no prior record of any type.”
Calviello, however, said “we had to go out and find her” after she hid out for nearly a week.
Although Cole has no convictions, she has been arrested several times and has a prior drug distribution charge pending, the assistant prosecutor said.
Cole — who once worked for the private Delta-T Group in the Englewood school district — no longer has a job.
However, Calviello said she “clearly has access to funds because she has a private attorney representing her for two cases.”
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