VIDEO: Ridgewood police investigating a rash of burglaries throughout the village released a portion of a surveillance video of a culprit who they said threw a rock through a victim’s first-floor window to get in.
The burglar struck while the homeowner was out, ransacking the home and taking various personal items, police said tonight.
The video shows him on the porch, ringing the bell, as well as a late-model, full-size pickup truck that they circled the block just before the burglary.
The Friday call was among several that police received in a quick burst.
Also on Friday, a resident reported finding a home ransacked following a week-long vacation, while another reported a similar break-in.
The following day, another resident who’d been gone a week called police to report a home burglary.
Another resident who’d left home for a month called police today to report a break-in: A computer, a television and assorted jewelry were taken, police said.
Police today also got another call from a resident who reported a forceable entry and missing property, including jewelry.
“Unfortunately each year the holiday season brings a rise in the number burglary and theft related offenses reported to the police,” Detective Douglas Williams said. “It is crucial that the public assist the Ridgewood Police Department by acting as our eyes and ears in the community, as well as looking out for their neighbors.”
When calling police to report suspicious activity, be sure to provide as much detail as you can observe, Williams said. And be sure to call right away.
“Additionally it is prudent even when leaving your home unattended for a short period of time to take measures to ensure that it is not so obvious that no one is home,” he said.
“These measures include but are not limited to leaving lights on inside, installing motion/light/timer activated lighting around the perimeter of your home, closing empty garage doors and preventing packages/news papers/mail/cleaning or other deliveries from accumulating on your porch or where they can easily be seen,” Williams said.
If you see or know anything that could help police catch a criminal or stop a crime in progress, call village detectives: (201) 251-4537.
IMAGE: Courtesy RIDGEWOOD PD
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