South Orange Homeowner Surprises Burglar, Who IDs Himself as Salesman
Sunday, October 27, 2013 • 5:13pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- A Clark Street resident told police that he came home to find a burglar on the second floor of his house Tuesday afternoon.
He identified himself as a salesman before fleeing. A search involving the K-9 unit failed to locate the man.
The burglar, described as an overweight, light-skinned black male, approximate 5 feet 10, in his late 20s or early 30s was dressed in a dark suit and was carrying a shoulder bag. The victim also said the man had dark, curly hair but was bald on top.
The burglar gained entry to the victim’s house by smashing a glass pane on a locked door and opening it from the inside. Nothing was missing from the residence.
In other police news:
- Philip DeLoof, 24, of Mahwah, was arrested Wednesday when an investigation led to him as the person responsible for several recent thefts from the Seton Hall University bookstore, including the theft of 300 worth of books on from the Seton Hall bookstore Tuesday. DeLoof is an ex-employee.
- Patrick Oblad, 20, of Jersey City, was arrested after he was observed vandalizing a Valley Street payphone on Sunday.
- A Staten Island resident reported that all four of the tires were stolen from his Dodge Charger during the early morning hours of Sunday. His vehicle was parked in a lot adjacent to Third Street.
- A Warren Court resident told police that someone had opened her garage door and stolen a boy's white BMX-style bicycle sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday.
- A resident of a South Orange Avenue apartment complex stated that someone unsuccessfully attempted to break into her first-floor apartment by pushing on her bedroom window sometime last weekend. Entry was not gained.
- A Thornden Street resident told police that someone smashed her car’s rear window sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday.
- Two people were issued ordinance violations when officers responded to calls of a disturbance on Ward Place at approximately 1 a.m. Friday. The two people were fighting when police arrived. Both were advised of their rights to pursue legal action, and no arrests were made.
- A South Orange Middle School student reported that someone had stolen his cell phone and sweatpants from the gymnasium bleachers while he was at basketball practice Wednesday night.