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Three Residential Burglaries Over Two Weeks Target Different Sections Of Township

All burglaries occurred during daylight hours; two burglaries occurred over the past three days

have responded to three residential burglaries across the township over the past two weeks, Chief James Batelli said Friday. Most peculiar about the burglaries – which occurred in the Fardale, Cragmere and West Mahwah sections of town – is that each occurred during daylight hours, Batelli said.

The first burglary happened on Tuesday, May 21, at a home on Glenmere Terrace in Fardale, sometime between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., Batelli said. According to police, burglars forced the back door open, ransacked the first and second floors, and stole cash and jewelry. The homeowners were not home at the time, police said.

The second burglary, at a home on Meadow Ave. in West Mahwah – not far from the NY border – happened between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. this Wednesday, May 30, Batelli said. The homeowner reported her front door had been broken into, both floors of the home had been ransacked, and cash and jewelry had been stolen, police said. She was not home at the time of the break-in.

The third burglary, in a home on Mahwah Road in the Cragmere section of town, happened between 6 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. May 31, Batelli said. Burglars entered through the side door, and took cash, jewelry and a small safe from the master bedroom, police said. No one was home at the time.

Batelli said because all three burglaries were committed during daylight hours, they are likely not related to the “ during the hours of dusk and were likely attributed to individuals who followed the pattern of the so called James Bond Gang. It is not believed these burglaries were committed by that same group.”

Batelli said police are following up on leads, interviewing area neighbors, and investigating all three burglaries. Police say the three may or may not be related to one another, but they are not ruling out either possibility. “These were not what we would term sophisticated burglaries,” he said. But, “that being said we do not consider these incidents any less serious or the suspects any less dangerous.”

Batelli released the following warning to residents:

It is not uncommon for these burglars to approach a house and knock on the front door in an effort to determine if anyone is home. If someone answers the door they may simply state they are lost and ask for a nearby address or say they are looking for a fictitious party. If this occurs police encourage residents to simply tell them they must have the wrong address and shut the door but at the same time try to remember a description and observe any type of vehicle they get in to leave the area. Under no circumstances should they let them in their residence and they should immediately notify the police. Police encourage residents to notify police of any suspicious activity in their neighborhood and to keep an extra watch on neighbor’s house if they know they are not home.

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melissa lewis June 02, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I feel terrible for the families that came home to find thier property stolen and ransacked. What an awful violation that is.
SherlockH June 03, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Seems by looking at the map that they have good access to main roads going North to Rockland County. Be on the look out for possible NY plates on vehicles.
Regenbogen June 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Why was the article taken off about the robbery that stated a woman was home while the robber/robbers were in the house?
20yrResidentAndCounting June 05, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Hidden Wireless Video Surveillance systems are relatively inexpensive nowadays. Make sure you have a camera pointing towards the driveway or street as well so you can pick up the car. And nobody should be keeping more than a few days of petty spending cash in their homes. Finally, women typically only wear a few select pieces of jewelry. Put the rest in a safe deposit box at the bank. So what will they get away with at this point? Maybe some heavily depreciated technology? If mahwah citizens learn to make their homes unattractive to robbers then they'll leave our town alone. Right now there seems to be "good eating" so they keep coming back.

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