Middlesex prosecutor makes arrests in statewide jewelry store burglaries

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced on Dec. 7 that two men and a woman have been arrested and charged with participating in a series of jewelry store break-ins that netted them nearly $1 million in stolen goods.

The three were arrested and charged on December 6, 2016, following an intensive investigation involving 17 law enforcement agencies from around the state.

The defendants have been identified as Michael A. Davis, 54, of Irvington and Terrance Worthy, 59, of Newark, and Keir A. Dargon, 35, of the Vauxhall section of Union Township.

Mr. Davis has been charged with six counts of burglary, Ms. Dargon was charged with two counts of conspiracy involving the burglaries at shops in Raritan and Hopewell, and Mr. Worthy was charged with one count of conspiring to commit a burglary at a jewelry store in Flemington.

Bail was set at $195,000 for Mr. Davis and $20,000 for Ms. Dargon. Mr. Worthy was released on his own recognizance.

During the investigation, it was determined that between June 7, 2016 and December 6, 2016, Mr. Davis participated in six burglaries of jewelry stores in Perth Amboy, Raritan, Lawrence, Denville, Flemington and Hopewell.

In each of the heists, Mr. Davis broke into stores in the early morning hours and took a variety of jewels and watches valued at nearly $1 million.

The defendants were arrested and charged during an intensive investigation in which 17 law enforcement agencies participated.

In addition to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, the following law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation: The FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, and police departments in Denville, Lawrenceville, Manalapan, Milltown, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Somers Point, Warren, Flemington and Raritan. Also participating were the Delaware State Police and the Wilmington, Del. Police Department.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4054.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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