A 39-year-old Hopatcong man pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary stemming from a pair of arrests in Mendham Township at the end of last year, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury said.
According to an e-mail sent by Seabury, the plea agreement with Anthony Troyano Jr. calls for a five-year stint in New Jersey state prison. Seabury also said the deal was reached prior to indictment and Troyano would be ineligible for parole for two and a half years.
Official sentencing for Troyano is scheduled for May 17, and Seabury said that the defendant is also being ordered to pay restitution to his victim.
Troyano was originally arrested on Nov. 16 of last year for allegedly burglarizing a home four days prior in Mendham Township where it was estimated he left with $5,000 in items.
Troyano made bail on those charges but was arrested at a DWI checkpoint in Hopatcong on Dec. 7 and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended and possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.
The second set of burglary charges stem from an investigation in Mendham Township that was also committed on Nov. 12.
Mendham Township Det. Dan Taquinto obtained an arrest warrant through a Superior Court judge and served Troyano in the Sussex County jail.
Seabury was quick to credit the detective work of all involved and said that Troyano still had charges pending in other counties.
Mendham Township Police Chief Steve Crawford said at the time of the burglaries that when someone commits a crime in Mendham Township, it isn't a matter of if they were going to be caught, but rather when.
For Troyano, that seems to have been the case.