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Clifton Police Seize Three In Car Burglary With Gun, Drugs, Scanner

Clifton police said there were no injuries after assailants robbed two businesses at gunpoint Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Clifton police said there were no injuries after assailants robbed two businesses at gunpoint Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Clifton Police

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Clifton police responding to a vehicle burglary arrested a 20-year-old Paterson man and took two city juveniles into custody.

Clifton police Sgt. Mohammad Droubi and Officers Nicholas Hriczov and Brian Carroll spotted the trio hiding behind a van on Norwood Avenue around 4 a.m. Friday, Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken said.

Two of them took off, he said.

Police established a perimeter and summoned a Passaic County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit.

A short time later, they found the pair hiding in a shed, Bracken said.

They also found a handgun hidden in a small pile of leaves, along with a loaded magazine and some drugs, he said.

The unidentified adult was being held on $100,000 bail in the Passaic County Jail, charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, illegal weapons and ammunition possession.

Juvenile complaints involving the same crimes were filed against a 17-year-old boy who fled with him, Bracken said.

The 15-year-old boy who stayed behind was detained on a juvenile complaint involving counts of burglary, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and offenses related to having a police scanner, he said.

Both teens were released pending hearings in the Family Division of Superior Court.

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