A Paterson man was arrested in Wayne last week after cops say he burglarized at least two township homes, and then hid some of his stash in the trunk of his 74-year-old grandmother’s car, the Wayne Police Department announced in a release on its Facebook page.
According to the post, cops responded to back-to-back burglaries in nearby Wayne neighborhoods last Tuesday, April 21. First, at about 1:16 p.m., police responded to a security alarm going off at a Bitola Drive home, the release said. Cops said they found no burglar, but evidence of a forced entry through the back door, a “rummaged through” master bedroom, and a missing jewelry box.
About half an hour later, a resident of nearby Wittig Terrace reported that someone had broken into her home while she was home, police said. When she called out to the intruder, he fled, the post said. But, cops said they found a broken basement window.
By about 3 p.m., cops canvassing the area saw a suspicious man put a book bag in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of the LaQuinta Inn, the release said.
When cops pulled over the 74-year-old driver, Dorothy Freese, of West Milford, she told them the man who called her to meet him at the hotel was her grandson, it said.
About 15 minutes later, police say they found her grandson, Sean Freese, 24, in a Wendy’s parking lot on Route 23. According to police, he fled on foot, but was caught after a brief chase on Route 23.
In his book bag, cops say they found illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and a prescription bottle that was reported stolen from a Ratzer Road home burglary that occurred on April 18.
Freese was charged with hindering apprehension, being in possession of buprenorphine, (a drug often used to treat opiod addictions), possession of stolen property, two counts of burglary, and various other drug possession charges, police said.
Freese was also found to be a wanted person out of Morris County and is currently being held in the Passaic County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, police said in the post.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Wayne Police Decretive Bureau at 973‐694‐0600.