By Karen Zautyk
A call about a suspicious person in the wee hours led to the arrest of an auto burglary suspect, it was reported on the Kearny police blotter.
The alert came in at 1 a.m. on June 22 from Boyd and Devon Sts., Police Chief John Dowie said, noting that there had been “quite a few” auto break-ins in that area. When Officers Tim Castle and Jay Balogh responded, they saw an individual tossing something over a fence. The cops investigated and retrieved a portable DVD player, a Fisher-Price game unit and a GPS unit, Dowie said. When the officers activated the GPS, they found that it belonged in the Devon St. area.
Arrested was a 26-year-old homeless man from Newark on charges of burglary into a vehicle and possession of burglar tools.
The following day, another individual attracted attention by throwing something away – this time, an empty cigarette pack out of a car window. And the officer who witnessed it was the chief himself.