Nutley PD nabs 3 burglary suspects thanks to alert Neighborhood Watch member, others

Three suspects wanted for two attempted burglaries early morning June 24 have been arrested by the Nutley Police Department, partly in thanks to an alert member of the township’s newly resurrected Neighborhood Watch Program.

Police Director Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo say burglars driving a four-door grey Hyundai attempted to enter a window into a Conover Avenue residence at 5:15 this morning. It appears the actors were scared off by a barking dog in this case. Moments later, the same actors reportedly attempted entry into a Plymouth Road residence when an alarm sounded.

With the assistance of residents and a Neighborhood Watch member, police were quickly able to identify the vehicle and apprehended two suspects in Newark —  two were juveniles and one was an adult in total. The adult actor fled on foot, but was later identified.

All three were charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Petracco says entry into occupied homes have slowed recently; however, it is still a “popular” crime among car thieves attempting to steal high-valued vehicles.

Both homes had newer-model vehicles in the driveway.

“We suspect that was the reason why they attempted entry,” the Nutley PD said in a statement. “Over this past week, we had two other stolen vehicles one on Rhoda and one on Crestwood.

Police are investigating to determine whether these suspects  are responsible for those thefts.

“Great work by our residents and our police,” the department said. “Continue being vigilant and looking out for one another.”

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