YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood police said they don’t believe that an ex-con arrested for a pair of pre-dawn car burglaries today is tied to a string of car break-ins in the city’s Second Ward.
Responding to a citizen’s call, officers spotted 26-year-old city resident Michael McCoy near the scene of the 5 a.m. burglaries, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell said this afsternoon.
McCoy bolted but was quickly caught, Torell said. He was carrying a knife and a combination tool — although one of the burglarized vehicles was left unlocked, the captain said.
“Why people continue to leave valuables in their vehicles is a mystery to law enforcement in general,” Torell said. “Most vehicle burglars are opportunists and will only enter if they see something of value out in the open.
“People have to learn to lock their vehicles and bring all valuables inside. Otherwise, you stand a good chance of having your breakfast being ruined,” he said.
McCoy, whose extensive arrest record dates to 2006, was being held on $101,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with armed burglary, attempted armed burglary, resisting arrest, possession of burglar’s tools and weapon possession. He also had warrants out of Saddle Brook, Leonia and Lodi, records show.
Torell said police don’t believe McCoy is responsible for eight car burglaries that occurred overnight last Wednesday.
All of the vehicles were parked on city streets or in residents’ driveways and had their windows smashed, he said.
Valuables stolen include gift cards, radar detectors, loose change, house keys, Mac books, designer clothes and handbags, musical instruments and backpacks.
Video from the area shows the thief in a dark-colored vehicle with a flashlight.
Anyone recognizing him is asked to call Englewood detectives: (201) 568-4875.
“Residents, as always, are urged to refrain from storing valuable items in vehicles, especially in conspicuous areas such as dashboards and seats,” Torell said.
IMAGES: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD
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