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Port Authority Police Chase Down Accused Fort Lee Burglar At GWB Tolls

Billy Pugh
Billy Pugh Photo Credit: COURTESY: Port Authority PD

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Port Authority police chased down an accused burglar who they said ran through traffic at the George Washington Bridge's lower-level toll plaza after a Fort Lee break-in.

Responding to an alert broadcast by Fort Lee police, Officer Patrick Devins spotted 51-year-old Billy Pugh just after 4 p.m. Monday, the authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Pugh, of the Bronx, tried to flee through traffic toward the bridge's lower level but was chased down, he said.

A search of the area turned up headphones that Fort Lee police said the burglar in the 2100 Linwood Avenue break-in was seen wearing on surveillance video, Pentangelo said.

Fort Lee police took custody of Pugh and charged him with burglary, among other offenses. Port Authority police charged him with defiant trespassing.

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