New York man charged in Linwood burglary, wanted in car theft at tennis club

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A man driving a stolen car containing a cache of weapons who was arrested by New York State Police has since been charged in connection with the April 10 burglary of a home in Linwood.

Robert Giordano, 24, of Climax, N.Y., is also wanted in connection with the theft of a vehicle stolen from the parking lot outside the tennis club at the Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Egg Harbor Township’s West Atlantic City section.

 According to reports, the man stole the keys of a 2006 Lexus RX400H sport utility vehicle from the purse of a 64-year-old Linwood resident while she was playing tennis.

As the victim was filing a report with Egg Harbor Township police, the Linwood Police Department received a call reporting a break-in and burglary at her residence.

The man apparently drove the vehicle to the woman’s house, entered and proceeded to steal cash, jewelry and credit cards.

Linwood police said Giordano was driving the Lexus when he was arrested April 23 in New York.

According to the Hudson-Catskill Newspapers, Giordano was arrested by New York State Police and found to be in possession of “numerous items of stolen property, including firearms, jewelry and electronics,” along with “in excess of 20 handguns and a couple of long rifles.”

State police charged him with numerous other charges, including a felony charge of first degree criminal possession of a weapon and drug charges, the newspaper stated. The arrest was the result of a week-long investigation into other residential burglaries in Greene, Albany and Schoharie counties, according to the story.

Giordano was remanded to the Greene County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

On April 25, Linwood Detective Jim Norris charged Giordano with burglary and theft for the crimes allegedly committed in Linwood. 

A warrant was signed Monday, April 29 by Egg Harbor Township Detective Reynold Theriault for the theft of the motor vehicle. The warrant was issued by Judge H. Robert Switzer for $25,000 full cash bail.  

According to Capt. Chris Ruef, Giordano will be arraigned by video and will have to answer the New Jersey charges if or when he is released by New York.

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