Police: Repairman burglar surrenders

July 9, 2008 6:23:32 PM PDT
A career criminal caught on camera posing as a repairman to gain entry to a luxury apartment in Teaneck surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say 42-year-old Avery Drew, of Newark, turned himself in to Teaneck Police in the parking lot of police headquarters.

He was being questioned by detectives, with charges pending in connection in the June 24 burglary of an apartment at 333 Willow Street.

Drew allegedly posed as a repairman to gain access to the apartment, where he stole an undetermined amount of jewelry.

But he was caught on surveillance video entering the apartment complex.

After Eyewitness News aired the surveillance video, police were inundated with tip calls.

Through communication with family members, police were able to get Drew to surrender.

He has prior arrests for burglary in Somerset and Hunterdon counties, for which he served six years in prison. He was released last October.

Teaneck police said Eyewitness News was instrumental in developing information that led to Drew's capture.