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Hunterdon burglary suspects nabbed following chase, helicopter search

FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. - Two burglary suspects were nabbed following a chase and helicopter search in Hunterdon County.

The chase began around 3 p.m. Friday on Route 513 in Franklin Township when an officer began talking with two men who suddenly ran away, according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office.

The officer quickly tracked down one of the suspects, while the other suspect ran into a heavily wooded area, the prosecutor said.

State police were called in to help with the search, which included a helicopter fly-over.

Within 20 minutes the second suspect was in custody. During the investigation, officers recovered items the two men stole during a burglary in the area, according to the prosecutor.

The suspects, 37-year-old Richard Ritter of New Brunswick and 33-year-old Donald Mormando Jr. of Edison, are both being charged with burglary, hindering apprehension, receiving stolen property and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Both men are being held at Hunterdon County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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