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Police Investigating 3 Langdale Road Burglaries

Witnesses told police they saw an individual who looked 'out of place' on the street Saturday night.

The Wayne Police Department is investigating three burglaries that occurred on Langdale Road during a 12-hour span on Saturday.

Entry was made into two of the homes through front doors that were forced open, Capt. James Clarke said.

Forced entry into the third home was made through a window with “pry marks visible,” Clarke said.

The burglaries occurred between 10 a.m. and shortly before 10 p.m., police said.

Dresser drawers in all of the homes were found open and appeared to be sifted through, police reports for the three incidents state.

Officer John Culic reported that a neighbor gave police a description of an individual in the neighborhood who he did not recognize walking down Langdale Road at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The man appeared to be 25 years old and wore a hooded sweatshirt and backpack.

Clarke said the witness described the person as “appearing out of place.”

A young area resident reported to police on Wednesday she also witnessed someone walking on the street that night, Clarke said.

The individual appeared to be in his 30s, 5-foot-8 with a thin build, side burns, salt-and-pepper hair, a goatee, wearing dark clothes and a backpack, police said. Clarke said the witness described the person as having a “weird beard” and being “creepy.”

A screen was broken off a rear window in one of the homes and a boot print was found in the mud and on carpet inside the home, police said. A rear sliding door was unlocked and unsecured in another home, Officer Skylar Cauceglia reported. A block of wood used to secure the rear sliding was removed.

The home is up for sale and no valuables were located in the residence, the report states. A realtor was at the property to prepare it for an open house and discovered a dresser drawer was open and a lamp had been knocked over, police said.

Detectives Al Strumolo and Bill Jurewicz are investigating the incidents.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries should call the detectives at 973-633-3530.

This is not the first time this year burglaries have been reported in town.

Tracking software on a stolen computer led authorities to a pair of North Jersey thieves who allegedly burglarized a Cedar Lane home earlier this week.

Two New York men were charged with attempted burglary after they tried to break into a Valley Road home earlier this month. An off-duty police officer foiled the break in attempt.

A Brooklyn man was charged in connection with a string of burglaries that plagued the town for weeks this summer. The man, Ronald Catti, was arrested after police found in a child's treehouse after he attempted to flee.

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Bee September 27, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I called the police two times this week because of suspicious vehicles on my street and both times they left just before the police arrived. I think they have a way of hearing the police calls . The two men arrested this week for the cedar place robbery, if it is the same Kevin allegrino in bloomingdale nj, he works for the fire dept in that town. Don't they hear all the police calls?
unknown September 28, 2012 at 03:36 PM
another great job done by the wayne cops Not
Bee September 28, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Several Wayne police showed up within minutes of my call, they were excellent, that's why I think these criminals have a way of hearing police calls !
Nose Wayne September 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Lorri, Wayne Township changed to a digital radio system. Anybody can listen to all of Wayne on a handheld scanner that costs several hundred dollars. Don't NOSE if the criminals are listening or they just break in to your house ,go directly to the bedrooms and take whatever they can grab real quick and leave.If you have a lot of valuables in your house, put them in a large safe or place them where robbers won't look to find them. Most important is keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary, cars,people, people walking at night with back packs(HELLO). Wayne is 27 square miles and over 55,000 people which the police can't be everywhere. STAY ALERT,STAY SAFE!!!!!
Scott October 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Does anyone know if these are the scumbags that have been hitting the Morristown areas as well? They all should be waterboarded....

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