N.J. man admits to burglaries that netted over $2M in goods

A southern New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to a slew of 2012 burglaries that netted more than $2 million in goods.

Burlington County prosecutors announced Tuesday that 56-year-old Darius Gittens admitted to burglary and theft charges. The Medford man is expected to sentenced on March 3.

Authorities said Gittens and Geoffrey Petit sought out high-end neighborhoods in secluded wooded areas. The pair waited until the homes were vacant and cut phone and alarm wires. They then stole items, including jewelry, purses, and guns.

A flashlight with Gittens’ DNA evidence led authorities to thousands of calls and texts between the men.

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Authorities recovered more than 500 items either buried in Gitten’s yard or hidden in an abandoned building in Philadelphia.

Petit was sentenced to nearly a year in jail.

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