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.