It isn’t every day one gets to see a burglar in action, but police are releasing video footage on Wednesday, Nov. 28 of a New Jersey burglar wanted in connection with as many as 150 burglaries.
The West Orange video footage police are releasing is from a Chinese restaurant surveillance camera, which captures the man entering and exiting on the ground, through a broken window.
Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Union counties are also areas believed to have been targeted by the same man.
The suspect is described as a heavy-set black man, standing between 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-2 in height, with facial hair, as well as gloves, at least during the commercial burglaries (bagel shops, bakeries, beauty salons, delis, dry cleaners, nail salons, restaurants and pizzerias).
The crimes occur most often between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday mornings according to WABC-TV, and does not park his car near the businesses he targets, caught on security cameras walking towards the front of some businesses robbed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police authorities in New Jersey.
Anyone this successful at evading capture after 150 burglaries has to have some insider information about the businesses targeted–or be very familiar with the patrol routines of officers in the affected counties.
One common thread between the businesses that have been robbed is deliveries. Each of the businesses receive some type of product and chemical deliveries on a routine basis, which would give delivery men unusual familiarity with store interiors and the hours that the facility is not manned.
Police patrol routines vary from one jurisdiction to another, so it is unlikely this suspect has any ties to the police community, making that the least likely option for why the burglar has still not been caught.
But the delivery angle is the one most likely to explain how a suspect can commit 150 burglaries without being caught, as delivery trucks travel multiple jurisdictions to service customers.
And the burglar with 150 successful burglaries under his belt is sticking to a specific geographical area in the northern portion of New Jersey, based upon the state map shown in the photo above. That should help police locate a suspect who may operate a delivery vehicle in that specific area — or who used to.
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