Two Homeowners in South Orange Surprise Burglar
Sunday, August 17, 2014 • 7:46pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Two village residents reported finding a man in their home in separate incidents, and the Detective Bureau is investigating.
At 2:05 p.m. on Aug. 14, a West End Resident was in her basement when she heard someone upstairs. She found a black male in her first-floor bathroom. She told police he ran out the back door and got into a green van being driven by another black male. Police said there was no sign of a forced entry.
A Woodland Place homeowner found a black male in his home around midnight on Aug. 10. The resident said the doorbell rang before he discovered the man, described as 6 feet, 170 pounds, with shoulder-length dreadlocks tied in a ponytail. He was wearing a red baseball cap and a red T-shirt. He fled, and police believe he was riding a black BMX-style bicycle.
The homeowner said the man had entered several rooms but not immediately sure whether anything was stolen. The man entered the home through a first-floor window.
In a third break-in, an Irvington Avenue resident told police that someone forced open the front door of his apartment sometime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 9. Nothing was stolen.
In other police news:
Jasmine Lathamn, 24, of Newark, was arrested on Aug. 14 after an investigation showed she had been using someone else’s debit card to steal money from an account in May.
The rear passenger window of a 2003 Jeep was smashed at 6:15 a.m. on Aug. 14. A South Orange Avenue resident told police she heard her vehicle alarm and looked out the window to see a black male leaving in a tan sedan, fleeing east on South Orange Avenue.
An unknown person or persons spray painted the side of a Valley Street business sometime between 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 13. A garage on Fourth Street also was spray painted. The graffiti was discovered on Aug. 8.
A laptop and a power cord belonging to a Seton Hall University employee were stolen from an office in McNulty Hall sometime on Aug. 12 or Aug. 13. Police said the office was not locked.