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Detectives at Carroll Gardens’ 76th Precinct got to take a field trip last week. It certainly was worth the gas money.

A local drug addict was arrested on June 5 in Camden, N.J., after he confessed to killing his brother almost a week earlier in a house on Butler Street, police said.

Friendships, family connections and a record of cellphone calls helped cops track 57-year-old William Van Utrecht to the city outside Philadelphia on June 4. After NYPD detectives knocked on multiple doors and asked numerous questions, Van Utrecht got the message and turned himself in to Camden police the following day.

He was brought back to Brooklyn, where he confessed and was charged with second-degree murder, police said. Sources said Van Utrecht has a history of drug and petty crime arrests and the dispute that led to his brother’s death involved his addiction.

Steven Van Utrecht, 47, died shortly after he was shot on May 29, inside the Butler Street home, near Smith Street. Neighbors told police they saw the older brother bolt from the house the day of the gunfire and he didn’t appear to hide his role in the violence.

Detectives Patrick Miller and Jesus Estevez of the 76th Precinct got the collar.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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