Hoboken burglars getting more bold

8/4/2010:

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

This past Saturday morning, Hoboken Police responded to a multi-unit apartment building at First and Harrison (4th Ward). The building had a buzzer entry system and showed no signs of forced entry.

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

Last Friday, July 30th at approximately 11pm – Hoboken police responded to a call at 8th and Bloomfield Street about a “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

This past Saturday morning at around 3am, Hoboken Police responded to a call of a “Burglary in Progress” near Newark and Jefferson Streets.

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?)

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42 Comments on "Hoboken burglars getting more bold"

mooshu
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mooshu

Easy, I’ve been around craziness long enough NOT to rely 100% on the police. One has to fend for oneself always, which is why I have a couple of baseball bats in the house. And in spite of protesting from a couple of loved ones, it is my intention to both learn how to operate a gun/rifle and own one in the near future.

F victimhood.

I’m glad, though, to have been able to post about a dude who was high off his mind and posing as a PSE&G worker. I didn’t open my door all the way, and had a bat right behind it, but someone gullible might decide to let a douche like this into their home, you know? My intent was not to instill fear in anyone– it was awareness I was going for, because many trust others simply on the basis of being in uniform. Not OK.

Easy-E
Member

Wow look at all the Chicken Littles coming out of the woodwork.

Fear mongering, helping people get their way since… forever.

mooshu
Member
mooshu

I think I will make a stop at the police station today :). Thanks, guys. I had a feeling this dude was not who he said he was…

And here’s the update: Today, the real PSE&G guy came by to check on our meter. Knew exactly where it was, and did his thing as usual. Never the same guy. I think we have four different guys or so who come by to check on the meter, but my husband recognized him.

In any case, my husband asked him,”uh, is it common for you guys to come to a customers’ door and tell them that they owe PSE&G money?”

The worker said “no. Bills are issued to the payer. And after some time, (I believe it’s six months of bills, but don’t quote me), your electric is simply shut off.”

Not surprised. Be careful out there!

Journey
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Journey

I saw our PSE&G meter reader this morning, I told him I was running late and we discussed when he could come back to do the reading. They normally come to us on the 6th or close to it. Check with PSE&G, the reading are scheduled and they could tell you when your neighborhood gets read.

(I’m the Russo civic association neighborhood.)

mooshu
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mooshu
I have a feeling that some of these jerk-off burglars are showing up in uniform-like garb, which is why they get away with stuff. Today I had some douche knock on our door at 9:30 AM. Haven’t slept well in days, so I was cranky as hell, but I maintained my composure and politely opened the door. When I opened the door, a hispanic male asked for the owner of the building. I said, “he doesn’t live here”. (We rent, and our landlord lives elsewhere in Hoboken and he has a management team handle his business.) He said he was from PSE&G, and that the landlord owed something on the electric bill, and did I know “what happens if it is not paid”. I said, “yes, and he doesn’t live here” again, and then I sent him off to the management company. Now, I’ve lived in this apartment for four years now, and never, ever has PSE&G come to my door to ask for the owner. I’m pretty sure that their checks have been issued by the management company forever, so what’s the deal? Something seemed illegitimate about this exchange. And I had no intention of letting this guy in. We would have gotten to blows for sure. He seemed really distracted/out of it, too. The whole thing was just odd. I do know that one summer a while back, our next door neighbor’s laptop was stolen in broad daylight. I was told the burglary happened sometime around 3:30 PM… Read more »
HomeTeam
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HomeTeam
Interesting, I think I saw this guy between Jackson and Monroe on 1st this morning. He had some sort of handheld computer thing that you’d see UPS using and was decked out in PSE&G gear. I have seen these guys before and it usually ends up with a big sticker on the front door advising tenants that the utilities will be shut off in x number of days.[quote comment=”195649″]I have a feeling that some of these jerk-off burglars are showing up in uniform-like garb, which is why they get away with stuff.Today I had some douche knock on our door at 9:30 AM. Haven’t slept well in days, so I was cranky as hell, but I maintained my composure and politely opened the door.When I opened the door, a hispanic male asked for the owner of the building. I said, “he doesn’t live here”. (We rent, and our landlord lives elsewhere in Hoboken and he has a management team handle his business.) He said he was from PSE&G, and that the landlord owed something on the electric bill, and did I know “what happens if it is not paid”. I said, “yes, and he doesn’t live here” again, and then I sent him off to the management company.Now, I’ve lived in this apartment for four years now, and never, ever has PSE&G come to my door to ask for the owner. I’m pretty sure that their checks have been issued by the management company forever, so what’s the deal?Something seemed… Read more »
mooshu
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mooshu

Yeah, no sticker here. No statement. Nothing. Just a dude expecting a check from me, apparently.[quote comment=”195664″]Interesting, I think I saw this guy between Jackson and Monroe on 1st this morning. He had some sort of handheld computer thing that you’d see UPS using and was decked out in PSE&G gear. I have seen these guys before and it usually ends up with a big sticker on the front door advising tenants that the utilities will be shut off in x number of days.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

home team..long time here..a good thief can unscrew a glass eye from your head while
he is speaking to you,,I believe most jerkeys invite guests over drunk smoking the drapes and on bong…some gussts observe.thus how can a 42″ ltd flat screen get removed from an apt condo and lap tops plus mone and drugs/ shuh they wont report that..You know it takes to delivery guys to deliver a ltd flatscreen..slap me.[quote comment=”195664″]Interesting, I think I saw this guy between Jackson and Monroe on 1st this morning. He had some sort of handheld computer thing that you’d see UPS using and was decked out in PSE&G gear. I have seen these guys before and it usually ends up with a big sticker on the front door advising tenants that the utilities will be shut off in x number of days.

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getz76
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getz76

A 42″ LTD might be bulky, but a 42″ LCD flatscreen is a breeze to carry. Most are under 50 lbs. Not sure what you are getting at, wiskertangent.[quote comment=”195675″]home team..long time here..a good thief can unscrew a glass eye from your head while
he is speaking to you,,I believe most jerkeys invite guests over drunk smoking the drapes and on bong…some gussts observe.thus how can a 42″ ltd flat screen get removed from an apt condo and lap tops plus mone and drugs/ shuh they wont report that..You know it takes to delivery guys to deliver a ltd flatscreen..slap me.

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whineanddineinhob
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whineanddineinhob
Mooshu, you would be very foolish if you didn’t call and report this incident this morning. It is definitely a set-up. I’ve been paying utility bills in this town for over 40 years and have yet to see a rep from PSE&G, Verizon, Cablevision or even an Insurance Company knock on my door to aware me of outstanding bills. Be concerned for yourself AND your neighbors.[quote comment=”195649″]I have a feeling that some of these jerk-off burglars are showing up in uniform-like garb, which is why they get away with stuff.Today I had some douche knock on our door at 9:30 AM. Haven’t slept well in days, so I was cranky as hell, but I maintained my composure and politely opened the door.When I opened the door, a hispanic male asked for the owner of the building. I said, “he doesn’t live here”. (We rent, and our landlord lives elsewhere in Hoboken and he has a management team handle his business.) He said he was from PSE&G, and that the landlord owed something on the electric bill, and did I know “what happens if it is not paid”. I said, “yes, and he doesn’t live here” again, and then I sent him off to the management company.Now, I’ve lived in this apartment for four years now, and never, ever has PSE&G come to my door to ask for the owner. I’m pretty sure that their checks have been issued by the management company forever, so what’s the deal?Something seemed illegitimate about… Read more »
getz76
Member
getz76

Agreed. Call the cops and give a description. It’s a decent lead.[quote comment=”195651″]Mooshu, you would be very foolish if you didn’t call and report this incident this morning. It is definitely a set-up. I’ve been paying utility bills in this town for over 40 years and have yet to see a rep from PSE&G, Verizon, Cablevision or even an Insurance Company knock on my door to aware me of outstanding bills. Be concerned for yourself AND your neighbors.

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