Joseph M. Elder “opened the cash drawer and removed the money” before fleeing through the back of the former “Tilted Kilt” restaurant at the Ramada Inn on Route 46 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Detective Capt. Lawrence Martin said.
Officers Michael Kochinski and Robert Sova determined that Elder entered the lobby of the hotel from the closed and locked area of the former restaurant after donning the bedsheet, Martin said.
He wasn’t difficult to find, given that he was staying at the hotel, the captain said.
Elder was charged with burglary and theft and sent to the Passaic County Jail, where he remained held on Wednesday.
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