Photo Credit: Secaucus Police Dept.

Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller issued the following press release today pertaining to an arrest of a suspect who was apprehended by K-9 Strobe inside of a warehouse after committing a burglary of a local residence:                                                                                                                                                                                                   On June 3, 2021 at 2:41 P.M., a Secaucus resident reported that a male forced his way into her apartment, stole an item and fled.  While committing this burglary, the resident was pushed into a wall causing some minor injuries to her hand/arm.  The burglary occurred within an apartment unit on County Avenue.

The burglar, later identified as George Maztek, fled the apartment complex toward Windsor Drive.  Responding Secaucus Police Units broadcasted a description of George Maztek and witnesses informed officers he fled into a warehouse, located on Windsor Drive.

In an attempt to evade capture, George Maztek forced entry into the 2nd Floor of the Windsor Drive warehouse.  Responding Secaucus Police Units from the Patrol and Detective Divisions, Traffic Bureau and Anti-Crime Unit immediately established a perimeter around the warehouse and Police Officer Vince DeFazio and K-9 Strobe were called in.   

K-9 Strobe was able to locate George Maztek hiding in a darkened office on the 2nd Floor where he surrendered, without any resistance, and was placed under arrest.  At the time of his arrest, evidence from the apartment burglary was recovered.

“I am proud of how officers from the different facets of my department come together and work in unison to apprehend criminals,” Chief Dennis Miller said.  “This use of K-9 Strobe in this arrest demonstrates the need for such animals in this line of work,” Miller said. “Using a K-9 as a constructive tool alleviates the use of force in most situations, but also gives an alternative force option, which protects the safety of both the public and police,” Miller said.

George Maztek, 29, of Secaucus, was charged with Burglary [2C:18-2a], two counts of Criminal Trespass [2C:18-3a], Theft of Moveable Property [2C:20-3a], and Criminal Mischief [2C:17-3a(1)].  He was lodged in the Hudson County Jail, but released later that same day, in accordance with Criminal Justice Reform.  These charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.