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Ridgewood cops hunting burglar; note rash of break-ins

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A Ridgewood homeowner’s surveillance footage showing the burglary suspect.

Ridgewood cops hunting burglar; note rash of break-ins

DECEMBER 9, 2014, 9:17 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014, 9:22 PM
BY JIM NORMAN
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — The burglar smashed a first-floor window of a village residence with a large rock, then — with security alarms blaring and lights glaring — he dashed up the stairs into a guest bedroom and grabbed an armload of Tiffany jewelry and heirloom baby toys before escaping in what is believed to be a dark-colored pickup truck, according to police.

But there was something the burglar —  still unidentified Tuesday — may not have been counting on in Friday’s break-in: The homeowners had “a really elaborate security system,” said Detective Douglas Williams, and as a result, police have clear pictures and video footage of him as he tried the front door and pressed his ear against it to determine if anyone was home.

Once he decided the coast was clear, Williams said, the burglar broke in, activating the alarm sirens and turning on the lights in the home.

With the alarm activated, he barely had time to run into the one bedroom and dash back down the stairs, Williams said, and he had no time to ransack other rooms in search of valuables.

The detective said the security video also shows the pickup truck circling the block just before the burglary. He said it appeared to be a late model, full-size pickup, possibly with an extended cab.

https://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-cops-hunting-burglar-note-rash-of-break-ins-1.1149235

10 thoughts on “Ridgewood cops hunting burglar; note rash of break-ins

  1. Keep your eyes OPEN and if you see something call 911.

  2. Five break-ins in Old Bridge (Middlesex Cty) targeting the Asian community…lots of cash and jewelry.

    https://www.nj.com/starledger/pdf/monday.pdf

  3. None of these stop a burglar, but will slow things down:
    Alarm *even though it didn’t stop the recent one it scared them off*
    Exterior lights on and motion detectors.
    Deadbolts on exterior doors.
    Keep your eyes open!

  4. #3 – a pair of Dobermans is usually effective however…

  5. Some pf the homeowners had been away for a few days. Maybe an employee of a service that they notified.


  6. Anonymous:

    Some pf the homeowners had been away for a few days. Maybe an employee of a service that they notified.

    Precisely why I have a friend get the newpapers and the mail.
    I wouldn’t tell anyone that I am not around.

  7. Another break-in on Tuesday afternoon. Just a few blocks from the one highlighted in the article. Time to increase the police presence in our neighborhood. Re-allocate remaining budget from other areas to pay our police force overtime.


  8. Anonymous:

    #3 – a pair of Dobermans is usually effective however…

    I’ve noticed all of the mean dogs in this town lately, many the little ‘yappers’ that always bare their teeth and growl.
    Its a known fact that dogs ‘mimick’ their owners.
    It speaks volumes about their owners.

  9. #8 – leave me your address, I’ll put a dictionary under your Christmas tree.


  10. Anonymous:

    #8 – leave me your address, I’ll put a dictionary under your Christmas tree.

    Is that all you can add to the conversation?
    The punctuation police (YOU #9) can kiss my ass.

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