Police Investigating A Dozen Burglaries In Valley Section Of Town

Cash, jewelry taken from many homes.

Wayne Police are investigating a dozen burglaries that occurred in the Valley section of town in recent weeks.

The burglaries took place between April 25 and May 30,  reported.

Most of the incidents occurred in the evening. Forced entry into the houses was gained mostly through windows that were pried open.

Jewelry, money, watches, and coins were reported taken from some of the homes. Bedrooms in several of the incidents were ransacked.

A safe was taken from one of the houses and a smaller safe at another house was pried open.

The burglaries were reported on Alps Road, Valley Road, French Hills Road, Brandon Avenue, Sunny Knolls Court, Witkowski Way, Heights Road, Judith Place, MacDonald Drive, Pleasantview Drive, and Louisa Court.

Alarms in two of the homes were not activated, police reported.

Residents reported seeing several suspicious vehicles and individuals in the area of some of the incidents.

“It definitely appears that in the majority of these burglaries they are waiting for darkness to set in, which makes it easier to determine if someone is home or not,” said Detective Capt. James Clarke.

An attempted burglary was reported Thursday on Diorio Court. A homeowner came back to her residence at about 9:40 p.m. and discovered a burgundy sport utility vehicle in her driveway. A startled male drove the vehicle over the curb and out of the driveway, hitting the homeowner’s vehicle, which was partially blocking the driveway.

The homeowner said the bald man had dark skin, looked to be between 30 and 40 years old, and wore a dark-colored shirt.

A surveillance camera at the residence filmed the SUV pulling up to the driveway. Two men got out of the vehicle and walk around the back of the house. The men looked through windows and a sliding glass door before noticing the camera. They appeared to become nervous upon noticing the camera. The report states the men jumped over a fence and into a yard on Fairfield road. The men appeared to be thin and were wearing ski masks.

A K-9 unit from the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department tracked a scent from the scene but lost it on Fairfield Road. The report states that the sheriff’s officer believed the felling males were likely picked up by a vehicle and left the area.

Clarke said that it appeared the team of three men used some form of digital communication during the incident, Clarke said.

A homeowner observed a white Honda parked on Moro Terrace facing French Hill Road on April 25; a white male was seen walking on French Hills away from a burglarized home on the street, police reported.

A neighbor of a house burglarized on Witkowski Way reported a large, dark-colored SUV parking on Benson Drive, police reported. The neighbor reported the driver exited the vehicle and hid in the bushes of the burglarized residence before the incident occurred. The driver was described as a white male of average height and weight with thinning hair.

A suspicious vehicle was parked in a driveway on Alps Road at about 9:30 p.m. May 13, police reported. The driver backed out of the driveway when the homeowner turned lights on, illuminating the driveway. The homeowner reported the driver parked the vehicle on Wilson Avenue, walked up Wilson toward the house, and later fled on Wilson Avenue. The man was described as white, in his early 20s, 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin build and short brown hair, wearing beige pants and a black, short-sleeve T-shirt police reported.

There were two other attempted burglaries reported on May 23 and 30 and Hamilton Avenue and Valley Road, respectively. Those incidents occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on both days. In both instances, individuals tried to gain entry into the homes through bedroom windows but were scared away when discovered by homeowners.

Clarke said that the department has been in communication with the Passaic, Bergen, and Morris County Prosecutor’s Offices about the incidents.

The police use digital frequencies to talk with each other, which makes it more difficult for potential burglars to listen in on department communications.

Clarke urges residents to support anything out of the ordinary to police. Residents should call 911 if they witness something happening in progress. They should call the department and speak to a dispatcher to report a possible incident after they think one has occurred. The police can be reached at 973-694-0600.

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Nose Wayne June 04, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Justice, This is nice quiet comphy Wayne Township. Nothing ever happens here. Look at the Wayne Today police blotter.NOTHING!! Maybe a drunk or drug bust, BUT NEVER any house robberies unless the news people find out about it from going thru public records!! What is the big secret? Don't want to SCARE our taxpayers?
leanbean June 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The only people that get caught in Wayne. Are the ones that turn themselves in. lmao
Nose Wayne June 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Lean,And when was the last time that happened? When the cows come home? Oh, I forgot,we don't have them in town anymore..
leanbean June 04, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Nose, We have 2 Calf's at Farmsview and 1 Bull.
Nose Wayne June 04, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sorry Lean, I forgot about Farmsview, Just there last week. Had a moment.We have a herd of bulls on Valley Road ,But they are a different BREED!!
Justice June 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Nose, are you saying that we are at risk for one of those famous spanish bull runs?
Michelle June 04, 2012 at 04:02 PM
What a bunch of cynical haters. I only pray you don't need the police. If I were them I wouldn't help one of you! Judge lest ye be judged!
Wayne Resident June 04, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Michele, Most of people who post on these BBs complain about everything. Never seen anything like it. They must have absolutely nothing else to do.
Wayne Resident June 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
and to top it off, they all think they are comedians.
stewart resmer June 04, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Michelle and WR; not sure to whom you direct your comments here, I for one am not joking one bit. Yes, I do have the time and inclination to scan at the speed of light including call in an unkhown person on this block today. And the PD took the call just as seriously.
Justice June 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Let me see, are we talking about how the WWII Veteran, who fought for you and I to have the freedom to speak our minds, but was found dead in his home after 1 year while the township mowed his lawn (charging back an exorbitant amount) because of whiny complaining neighbors and then sold his house for an unpaid water bill that was about $100.00? Are we talking about the manner in which law enforcement helped him both before and after his death? Yes, let's not judge or we shall be judged. That's right. Which war did you fight in and for what country?
WaterGoddess1106 June 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The Wayne Police now and have always done a great job here in Town. This Township is huge. Be grateful for them..
stewart resmer June 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Fein you seem to want it both ways, when you bemoan the towns size, do you mean to sauy it is too big a job for thr PD? When you say the PD do a great job dop you mean to say the crime spree is acceptable? And finally when patrol officers make 120-k upwards We The People should be grtaful? I think there are those who might sugges otherwise.
Wayne Resident June 04, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Justice, what are you talking about? You are off talking about fighting a war??? Jeez. My point, most of the frequent posters on these boards are big complainers. Compain about school board, police, mayor etc. Everything. You have every right to speak your mind. But move if you don't like living in Wayne.
Bill June 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I believe that it is time to call in the assistance of the Passaic County Sheriff's Department and the State Police. For whatever reason, the Wayne Police Department are overwhelmed and unable to contain this situation. It has nothing to do with lack of gratitude or worship.
Bill June 04, 2012 at 08:44 PM
WR, Why should Justice move? Doesn't that person have a right to live in this or any town? I am truly concerned about those individuals who would rather move and expect others to move rather than stay and fix things. The example of the World War II Veteran is not off, it is very relevant to the priorities and lack of compassion that some of the residents of Wayne exhibit.
Bill June 04, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Fein, did you just change your name to water goddess? Very telling.
Wayne Resident June 04, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Bill, you don't fix things by complaining on a BB. Obviously you have the right to live whereever you want. Go back and read some of the ridiculous comments that were made in the name of trying to be funny. People with too much time on their hands.
Bill June 04, 2012 at 09:21 PM
WR, I disagree with you. I have seen many changes as a result of the complaints on a BB. Someone is reading these comments. Time, like money is a commodity. Everyone has the choice of how their commodities are to be used. Stating "People with too much time on their hands" is also a ridiculous comment. Do you mean to state that they have more time than you and I?
WayneResident June 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Actually, with all the police cars that are parked at any of the Wayne DunkinDonuts every day/night they could hold a PBA convention. Absolutely nothing wrong with the policeman grabbing some form of refreshment, however when there are six cars (including shift/tour commander) parked in these places for over 1 hour then yes, I have a problem with that. How about a little more neighborhood patrol in the morning, afternoon, evening, night hours !! As residents we pay a tremendous amount of taxes and we should have some level of comfort knowing that while we are at work our property is being patrolled by at least a single cruiser. (While being home from work over the past holiday, I can honestly say while working in my yard (an averge of four to five hours a day x 4 days)). I never saw a single police vehicle . We are talking normal hours in the Valley Section of town. I guess they were to busy discussing there next doghnut run.... How about a few less tickets handed out during the morning commute and a few more car patrols in the neighborhoods. Is that a fair swap ??
KrisTee June 04, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Liz you are so correct, our PD is too busy doing anything but proactive patrol work. I never see a patrol car in my neighborhood but one positive note is that when you call them they do make it to your location quickly.
KrisTee June 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Warren, our volunteer fire department can put some paid towns to shame. They are one dedicated bunch of people. They survive on the fund drives they have during the year. I whole heartedly support them and so does the town. I believe it costs the town about 9K a fireman a year to keep them geared up safely. That is a bargain.
WaterGoddess1106 June 04, 2012 at 11:03 PM
That's what I wanted to originally but there was a mix up. "Very Telling" Ha ha
WaterGoddess1106 June 04, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Resmer: Crime is never acceptable The Township is something like 26 -28 square miles; that never changes but the population grew plus lots more stores , resturants etc. which brings in outsiders.The burgulars also have easy access to the Highways. That's unfortunate for us. It's become more of a City was. Wayne is a good Town with lots to offer.
Justice June 05, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Wayne Resident. YOU MOVE. Your type is always pushing people out when you can't control them. Get this: I cannot be controlled, nor do I want to control anyone. I believe that God gave me a Free Will and the US Constitution also provided me with freedoms and I will not be subjugated by any man or anyone who disagrees with me.
avey June 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Wayne PD are a bunch of hero wannabes who need to step their game up monumentally. I took my dog for a walk in my neighborhood, in which I was alarmed to read Louisa Ct had a break in, near my home, and I saw an officer shooting the sh** on a residents front porch. That is unacceptable and unprofessional. I drive all hours of the day and night around Wayne and see these punks sitting together lines up two or three at a time so they can run plates or pull someone over for a tail light. I knew there was some problems involving robberies but this is out of control.
Nose Wayne June 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Justice,so tell us how you really feel toward Wayne Resident? HEY WAYNE, How long have you lived in WAYNE? You seem to ASSUME alot of things.And we all NOSE what happens when we ASSUME!!
Nose Wayne June 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Avey,How do you know he was not on a call ? Checking on a possible break in ? Punks? Your house gets broken into at 2:30 in the morning,Who you gonna call ? Ghostbusters?
avey June 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Lol.... He was having a glass of lemonade yapping away not checking a break in. I will definitely call bill murray if there is a break in.
NS June 21, 2012 at 02:05 PM
We just had our three vehicles broken into on monday night. We live on black oak ridge road, thinking it happened around 2 AM when I heard a car racing off. Hard to tell though because black oak is basically treated as a speedway at night. This is getting crazy - lights on outside of my house and the neighbors. These guys have big balls and I can't wait to see them try it again...you will know I caught them when u see see their heads on a stick on my front lawn!! Rumaged through THREE cars took everything they could and left a mess. Time to have the police thinking about robberies and not freaking seat belt tickets and stop sign violations! I am pissed off. Thanks wayne patch for letting me vent.


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