Following two weekend burglaries, the Glen Ridge police department sends out a warning about a burglar whose M.O. appears to be targeting empty houses and then going in back doors or windows. This follows an earlier warning.
On Sunday, February 8, 2009 a daytime burglary was committed at a home on Baldwin Street. Entry was gained through a first floor unlocked window. A television was removed from the house. Just prior to the burglary an Essex Avenue resident reported a black male approximately 5’10” in height wearing a black North Face jacket, black hat, blue jeans and boots came to the front door of their residence. When the door was not answered he moved towards the rear of the residence. After seeing the homeowner in the window he left the area on foot.
On Monday, February 9, 2009 a nighttime burglary was committed at a home on Willow Street. A burglary to a garage was also committed at a home on Brooklawn Road. Entry was gained to the residence through an unlocked rear door. Video cameras, a purse and other items were taken from the residence. Bicycles were taken from the garage.
All residents are urged to lock all doors and windows on their homes, garages and sheds. They are also encouraged to call headquarters at 973-748-5400 x 111 or via 911 in an emergency or anytime suspicious activity is observed.
The burglar appears to be looking for empty homes under the guise of ringing the front door bell prior to moving the rear or side of the residence to gain entry. Our Crime Prevention Bureau has many programs to assist residents. You can reach the Crime Prevention Bureau at 973-748-4116.
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