YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bogota police today charged a 62-year-old career criminal from Teaneck with breaking into an abandoned Bogota house two hours before it was gutted by fire last Friday.
Detectives recovered items stolen from the Central Avenue home from Donald Bann while arresting him, Police Chief John C. Burke told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.
Bann was being held on $22,500 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary and theft following an investigation by Detective Sgt. Jonathan Misskerg, Detective Victor Negron and Patrolman Kevin Geraghty. He also had harassment and contempt charges pending, records show.
Meanwhile, authorities continued trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
The 2½-story wood-frame Central Avenue house, at the corner of James Street near a firehouse, had been vacant for several years and the source of previous trouble for emergency responders.
“No accelerants or fire starters were found in the building,” a fire official told CLIFFVIEW PILO T hours after the blaze was put down. “No power or gas to this home, so it didn’t start that way. It had to have been from someone inside.”
Bogota firefighters were joined by their Hackensack and Ridgefield Park colleagues, along with borough police and EMTs.
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Arson Investigation Unit also responded.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BOGOTA PD
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