Cops: High-Tech ‘James Bond Gang’ Back To Thieving Ways In Tri-State

They Specialize In Jewelry And In Being Gone In 60 Seconds

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A burglary ring with a taste for luxury appears to be back in business.

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The thieves slip in and out of the Tri-State Area’s wealthiest neighborhoods undetected. Police said they are the latest sequel of the so-called “James Bond Gang.”

They said there have been 40 burglaries in New York and New Jersey since 2009 that fit the group’s pattern — most of them in the last six months.

The break-in artists are known to stalk wealthy neighborhoods, sometimes in rented luxury cars. They ransack homes for cash and jewelry and leave in two minutes — sometimes with $50,000 to $100,000 in proceeds.

But there may be a break in the case — thanks to a recent arrest, reports CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey.

The latest target was an Englewood home on Friday night — part of a long line of break-ins all over Bergen County.

“I’m not happy about it,” resident Joe Rosen said.

Rosen’s Englewood street was one of several hit by thieves that break down the door, disable the alarm, rip off jewelry, and are gone within minutes.

“It’s a concern but there’s only so much we can do. We set our alarm and keep a look out,” Rosen said.

Authorities said the so-called “James Bond Gang” is responsible. They are a group that gets its name from the tricked-out car gang predecessors used 20 years ago to get away from police, the kind 007 has. While this current crop doesn’t have such a tool, Englewood Police said the similarity is the gang’s M.O. and precision.

“There has been nothing involving a vehicle that has any similarities to the past,” Deputy Chief Lawrence Suffern said. “These people have studied their work. They know different procedures that most law enforcement agencies follow.”

That’s how they were able to break down the door at one home, disable the alarm, go straight to the bedroom, and steal from a Cresskill, N.J. man.

“Jewelry. Only jewelry, nothing else,” victim Seetharama Acharya said.

And from the home next door.

“It was a fur coat and some coins, coin collection, and pearls,” homeowner Irwin Hirschberg said.

Jewelry is mainly what the thieves are after, hitting three dozen homes in affluent communities all over Bergen County.

Police have captured footprints in some cases, surveillance figures in others. Earlier this month, they had the biggest capture of all — three men who police said are the prime suspects.

“We hope it’s the end, you know, but there are other crews that are working,” Tenafly Police Det. Wayne Hall said.

Police said they think the crews are splinter groups or sub cells. And with a method that clearly has been working, they said there’s no reason to think these guys are going to stop.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Sal

    the police need to make an example out of them put one in a wheelchair then mabye they would think twice about a carear in crime.

  • Abignale

    Poor people feeling sorry for themselves. Schmuks. Get some drive and personal accountability, Then, maybe, you might build something in your life worth stealing.

    • Paul

      Right, I feel bad because I don’t have a Rolex and a cat to leave my millions to. And personal accountability? Today? In Wall Street and Washington? There seems to be a short supply of it, and the only drive we see is the drive to fleece the country. It’s not that people support stealing, it’s that they are burned out and jaded. Somebody took my Rolex! Good.

      The break-in artists are known to stalk Wall Street, sometimes in rented luxury cars. They ransack pension funds and leave in two minutes — sometimes with $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in proceeds.

      “It’s a concern but there’s only so much we can do. We set our alarm and keep a look out,” Timothy Geithner said.

  • ng

    ell, they just spread out the wealth a bit, as long as they don’t hurt people, fine

    • KPMc

      really? fine? where do you live and if you have an alarm what is the access code please?

  • Paul

    Rich people getting their jewelry ripped off … how sad.

  • Larry Myshyniuk

    Imagine the cops asking our help.. we are NOT in New Jersey.. AND we are NOT cops trained to do this work… AND we are NOT getting paid.. get a life and do your job.. OR lose your benefits…. get to work!

    • KPMc

      Well, you’re a fine upstanding citizen who contributes to the betterment of our society.

      “All it takes for evil to exist is for good people to do nothing”

      Not so sure you’re good people but you certainly got the do nothing part down, loser!

  • Vince

    Say what?

  • john batis

    wow…..i hope the police catch them soon…

  • Vince

    Funny thing to call them as that jerk who plays Bond these days doesn’t use gadgets

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