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Alleged Burglary Attempt Foiled By Off-Duty Cop

Two NY men attempted to break into Valley Road home Tuesday morning, police said.

Two New York men were charged with attempted burglary after they tried to break into a Valley Road home Tuesday morning, Wayne Police said.

Off-duty police Det. Sean Mitchell observed Lonzo Bagley, 37, and Tyrene Rickman, 33, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., walking from the rear yard of a residence on Valley Road near Andover Drive at shortly before 11 a.m., Det./Capt. James Clarke said.

Mitchell detained the two men while detectives responded to the residence and confirmed the attempted burglary, Clarke said. A resident of the house notified police of the incident around the same time, Clarke said.

Video surveillance from a camera on the property showed the men forced open a gate to the backyard and attempted to break into the house, Clarke said. Detectives viewed the footage at the residence.

Clarke said the woman had the ability to view surveillance footage on her smart phone.

Complaints filed by police state the men were in possession of bolt cutters, a pry bar and a tire iron, Clarke said.

The residence is located in the area where a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries occurred earlier in the year. 

Bail was set at $75,000 for Bagley and $50,000 for Rickman with no 10 percent option. They were scheduled to be transported to the Passaic County Jail Tuesday night.

The men were arraigned Tuesday afternoon. The men are scheduled to appear in Wayne Municipal Court on Thursday afternoon.

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John Davies September 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
"Take for instance some weeks ago when off Rt 23 there was an attempted burglary in the night when the occupants were asleep? The second time the residence was targeted. Several local departments responded because Wayne probabaly just did not have the staff on hand to cordone off the area and in the time it took to deploy, 2 suspects of the four still escaped and were never caught." Gee! Are you referring to the burglary on Fairfield Road which was interrupted by an on-duty Wayne Police Officer? Other towns did send officers to search for the fleeing felons. The two who were caught were also caught by on-duty Wayne Police Officers, as I recall
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
If the van was legally parked and properly registered, the police would have no choice but to leave it where it was. They cannot tow without a valid reason. And having a stale warrant is not a valid reason. So, you see, the police did exactly what the law required by leaving the van where it was. End of story, but not of ignorant, acrimonious commentary, I'm sure.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 04:53 PM
John as I recall it was not 'interupted' by a WPD officer per se, the residents had installed an alarm system I believe and phoned 911. In that incident the state police sent a helicopter over and still 2 got away.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 05:00 PM
jihn, oh? Okay so...a guy is sitting in a vehicle that the alert neighbors call in, and the WPD finds a guy at the wheel, the keys are in the ignition, and he has an outstanding warrant and he is arressted for that. But there is no reason to impound the vehicle of the guy with the warrant? I have seen and heard of many examples of vehicles being impounded because a driver had a warrant. I hazard to guess there was a come to Jesus in the squad room over this one and there is a new policy on impounds over that, but this being Wayne, that will all be hush hush and we will never know what the WPD protocols will be as a result.
Justaguy September 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
No need for OPRA. Just look it up in the news. The burglars were arrested on a traffic stop last year with stolen guns in their car. Then another was chased, pinned down and captured off of black oak ridge road. This year, the two "ladies" breaking into the flood buyout homes in Hoffman Grove were captured after a short foot chase. The burglar Catti was caught in the valley after he was followed and chased. The man who had been the driver of the van you speak of was later charged with burglary and now these 2 were caught. Oh, also the 2 on Fairfield road that were found by alert patrol and chased, hemmed in and caught. I think there are a few others, but that's quite a few Stew! All arrested by WPD. Kinda makes your statements look like a personal agenda Stew.
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Uh, no Stew. There is no valid reason to tow a car that is legally parked. You are Monday morning quarterbacking here. If the officer knew that the vehicle was being used to facilitate a crime in progress, it could be impounded as evidence or contraband. But, given what the patrol officer knew at the time, he could not tow the car. The warrant for the driver had nothing to do with a legally parked car. You just want so much for this to be an issue, but it is only an issue in your mind.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 07:42 PM
jg on this block in one day there were 3 unsolved burglaries alone there were 12 unsolved burglaries in one week this year by your count the collars just dont add up to 'every one' being caught. so please spare me the blanket statements that you cannot back up with the facts and the data, Nowhere have we read that any of these burglaries were solved and perps arrested based on evidence of any kind! There is too much at stake here, not just peoples homes possesions but lives as well, and yes, I do have an agenda. What I see here is that the average WPD patrol officer is paid 120-k ( http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees12/search.php ) a year with full benefits to say nothing of other public resources. The national median income is $44 k. What do you take home to perform poorly? We are being over billed and under served in my opinion and I for one think we can do better with competitive bidding. Is that a problem for you?
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
No again, Stew. An alert and inquisitive patrol officer pulled up behind the getaway car on a nearby street and the driver panicked, pulling into the driveway of the target house with the officer right behind him just as the intruders were fleeing out the front door. Now, I know if the officer had been a member of the Passaic County Sheriff's Department, he could have singlehandedly caught all four of the suspects on the spot as they fled on foot.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
oh puleeeez john, go back to watching the peoples court, Judge Milian is about to give her verdict.
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Kudos on the selective amnesia regarding the details, by the way.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 08:07 PM
JD your version of the facts here at the very least are highly speculative and based in conjecture in defense of a bungled opportunity on behalf of the WPD to foil a burglary, the rest is adhominem.
Alfred September 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Mr. Stewart, it seems I believe I know who you are. Your name isn't Stewart or Resmer. You use words "key words" in many of your posts. How many on here knew the WPD does there pre-shift meetings in the "squad room" for one example. If I'm correct you were basically pushed out the door to retire, everyone hated you because you weren't a real cop, you were a mobile ambulance chaser with a badge, your now mad and willing to do anything to ruin wpd. Let's review your posts. 1. Criminals are scared of wpd ---these guys hit towns all over. 2. The location of the crime you state is almost a mile from Wpd (another lie), 3. Why in gods name would the pcsd patrol Wayne..lol...they keep there people in Paterson for good reasons and they were created to run the jail and courts not our town. Not to mention that our cops have required education called a College degrees and many are veterans. What percentage of the non-required pcsd have degrees. No disrespect to pcsd but I like the required degree thing. 4. Do you even pay taxes?????? Town taxes ??? We already send triple the cost of our PD to your beloved county in taxes from my municipal tax bill. That's the waste of money. Change your name on here and the fake pic. The gig is up. And surprise surprise that out of 50 posts I think one person agreed with you and they're probably a 15 year old kid. Get the message dude. Your nuts.
Lorraine September 20, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I for one am very happy with our Police Department. There has been an increase of burgularies in Wayne and that I believe is due to the economy. I'm sure there is an increase throughout the nation. I appreaciate the fact that our Police Deparment has made several arrests which I beleive sends the messasge "NOT IN OUR TOWN" loud and clear. A big Thank You to our men and women in blue.
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Nothing speculative about it. There is no justification under the motor vehicle code to tow a car that is properly parked and credentialed. That brings us to impounds justified under some form of evidentiary seizure or seizure of an instrumentality of a crime. That did not apply here because the officer didn't have a crystal ball. Having a warrant for some unrelated offense doesn't pass muster as a justification to tow the car. And to the extent that I believe you are just grinding your axe about the Wayne Police Department, call it ad hominem if you wish.
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Sorry Alfred. Mr. Resmer is real. Go to a council meeting and you might meet him there. Good point about the amount of $$ that goes to the county out of each tax dollar, though!
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 09:19 PM
And the nuts part!
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 09:22 PM
tell you what alfred, call Dan @ Patch and run that past him ok?
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
john, when I want a legal opinion? I wont be calling you. lol but if you like? get a warrant, sit around in some one elses neighborhood and test your legal theory out with your car hmmm? I grew up in the auto trade, I have run my own towing service and been called for my share of PD impounds, I am afraifd you may be in for an education on these points you are trying to make.
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
US violent crime rate down for fifth straight year - ... www.csmonitor.com/USA/2012/0612/US-violent-crime-rate-down-for-fifth-straig... Jun 12, 2012 ... Although crime historically spikes during hard economic times, the US is currently bucking that trend. Both the national violent crime rate and ...
stewart resmer September 20, 2012 at 09:38 PM
See? there you go! first they want you to have voter id? then they want you to have comment id? This from some one who does NOT use his full name?
gary2012 September 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Maybe the car couldn't have been towed but an officer should have followed up on it after the guy bailed himself out. Especially it being a suspicious van that wAs sitting there for an hour and the guy saying he was lost and not even knowing what town he was in. Especially with all the burglaries going on. The police are telling people to be alert and to call in suspicious activity, which is what this neighbor did, and when we do "nothing can be done about it". If this van was sitting in front of a police officers home, I'm sure it would have been followed up... Just saying
LOVE PEACE September 21, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Wayne Parks & Recreation September 21, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I agree gary2012.. If you cant tow vehicle you keep an eye on the suspicious van with tinted windows and ny Plates..obviosly he was parked for an hour because he was up to no good, he was hanging around for a reason..what was police thinking? Was that officer at the town meeting held by police and mayor..guess not. Lucky for the robbers..if police would have kept a watch on the vehicle they would have caught the other robber as he was heading to vehicle with all the stolen items.another case solved.
stewart resmer September 21, 2012 at 09:34 AM
when was the last time any of us saw the state police pull some one over on the highway for speeding and discover they had a warrant, then took the person away only to then leave the vehicle on the highway?
Bob Q September 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Check the numbers in Chicago! Crime and murder way up! But how can that be Stew, the mayor worked for your God Obummer. Those numbers must be incorrect, right? And by the way, break ins are not violent crimes.
Jumbo September 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
So you forgot to pay a parking ticket. Your eating lunch on a sidestreet in your van. You've been there for an hour or so. The cops show up. The cop was simply told that there is a suspicious can. The cop has had a dozen of these types of calls today but he checks the guy out, gets a reasonable story, there's nobody else around, the car is properly registered, insured and parked legally. It isn't on a highway where it is not allowed to be parked and left because its a danger, mr. Resmer. So the cop finds that the guy has a cheap warrant like a lot of people Do. So he arrests him and does his job. The police check the area also but nothing seems unchanged and no other residents or alarm companies call. Seems like some of you need to spend one day in a cops shoes to learn how things really work. Sometimes it's not so cut and dry. If the cop was wearing his psychic glasses with see thru vision he would have known that half a mile away his friend was breaking in a house then he would have driven there and seen the act thu the walls and arrested him.
Jumbo September 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I'm also dying to know Stewarts obsession with Wayne. What's the deal? Wayne is a great place. He could harp on any town. I think it's funny that he wastes so much time trying to give it a bad name but everyone laughs. Hes probably the joke of the council meetings, i bet they laugh before and after and really loudly. He should be a cartoon character that we all tell our kids, now bobby that's the person you dont wanna be. Living by the river, broke, and jealous of the whole world but yelling that the welfare check was late. That's why you like the Sheriffs...lol..they were nice to you in Paterson when you needed your food stamps early once. How cute.
Resident of Wayne September 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Please Stew and those against him do not make this a political boxing ring~Every workplace has good and bad...I'm very thankful that Sean & the WPD were able to catch these 2 thugs. Kudos, good job boys!!!
John Davies September 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Whatever you may know about the auto and towing industries, you are certainly talking through the lower end of your alimentary canal here.
stewart resmer September 26, 2012 at 12:51 AM
we will see who laughs last before this is all said and done, but there really is nothing funny about this home being robbed for a second time as this van incident is re told.


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