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Why Home Security Apps Rock: Fair Lawn Police Nab Burglar In The Act

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FAIR LAWN, N.J. – A Fair Lawn homeowner who got an alert on a security app led to the capture Wednesday afternoon of an accused burglar right outside the house.

Before they were finished, Fair Lawn police had charged the man -- identified as Junior Perales, 31 -- with burglarizing the same place twice.

The Morlot Avenue victim told police he got the video alert at 12:22 p.m. showing Perales going into a backyard shed and taking items, Sgt. Brian Metzler said.

Officers Luis Vasquez and Ian Manelis rushed to the home and grabbed Perales in the front yard, Metzler said.

A bicycle that he used to get there was reported stolen from a 6th Street residence on April 14,  the sergeant said.

It turned out Perales had burglarized the same shed on Monday, as well as another on Tuesday a block away, Metzler said.

He was released pending a hearing on various charges of burglary, theft, trespassing, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property. 

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