Hoboken burglars getting more bold
Your Hoboken home can be violated, too
Below are several of the many burglaries that have taken place in Hoboken the past week – including some cat burglaries.
Detective Sergeant Anthony Falco told Hoboken411 that in his 18 year career with the Hoboken Police, that practically all burglaries in the Mile Square occur in the late morning to early afternoon when most residents are away from home or at work. The last reported “cat burglar” was back in 2000, according to his recollection. He said that while the cat burlgaries are rare, they’re being committed by extremely bold criminals who are “well versed” in burglary and theft. Sign of the economy? A trend we hopefully don’t see grow?
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Laptop nicked while sleeping
The victim reported that he went to sleep at around 1am, and awoke at around 9:15am to find his sliding door open, and several items missing.
The stolen items were a 42 inch LCD television and a Dell Laptop.
Police canvassed the area and results came up negative.
Bloomfield Street Burglary in Progress
The actors were said to have fled westbound from 8th Street – and the area was searched by multiple marked police cars, but no alleged actors were found.
About 45 minutes later, Police met with the victims at the three-story brownstone – which contained four apartments (including a basement unit). The victim said that while he was approaching his home, he witnessed a man enter the lower-level door. He also noticed another man standing in front of the building looking into the window. The man outside was described as being a light-skinned Hispanic male – and when confronted by the victim, said he was looking for a man named “Mikey” and began yelling the name, as if he thought “Mikey” lived in the building.
The victim noticed his window, which had an AC unit attached, was slightly open. As he approached his basement apartment, the victim felt something was wrong, and decided not to go further. He exited the building, at which time he noticed another man described as a light-skinned Hispanic male exiting his apartment through the basement window. Both men fled the scene.
Police took fingerprints – but didn’t come up with any registered hits. The victim said that nothing appeared to have been stolen.
Looks like he got home in the nick of time!
Another 4th Ward attempted night burglary
A Hoboken resident was returning to his home, and noticed two black males leaving the building. One actor was described as a 5’6″ with a multi-colored hoodie, and the other as 6’2″ (no other description).
The men apparently were holding a silver Dell Laptop, which the victim recognized as similar to one belonging to a roommate. He approached the two men and asked if they knew anyone in the building and where they were. They responding by saying “yeah, they’re at the bar.” The victim challenged the actors, and grabbed the laptop (and also an Apple iPad which the actors had in their possession as well) and entered his dwelling, locking the door behind him.
Upon entering the second floor apartment, the victim found his roommates asleep inside. He also noticed the rear door which leads to the patio deck had been forced open, with splinters from the door frame on the floor. The sleeping roommates didn’t report hearing the break-in. Another roommate on the third floor was also sleeping, but didn’t report hearing the forced entry.
After checking the apartment, it was determined that all items were secure, and nothing further was stolen.
Thank God these brazen burglars didn’t fight the victim – it was two on one too!
Home burglars prefer laptops over bikes
After reading a story this week about stolen bicycles, Hoboken411 reader KP wanted to share her own home burglary incident.
She said that about two weeks ago, her and her boyfriend arrived to their apartment near 2nd and Monroe Streets (again in the 4th Ward), to found that their unit was forcibly broken into with a screwdriver or crowbar.
Stolen from them was a laptop and a ladies handbag.
She said that Police were “shocked” that their bicycle wasn’t stolen as well, leading her to believe that bike theft is a prevalent problem according HPD.
“It’s ridiculous. You can’t even lock up your own apartment and be safe anymore. While I feel badly for the people who are having their things stolen from them (such as locked bikes), I feel even worse for people like us who have actual intruders inside our home.”
Have you been violated in Hoboken (besides inside your quarterly tax bill?)