RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A Nutley man accused of burglarizing a Rutherford apartment tried walking past borough police by acting as if he'd received a phone call, authorities said.
Albert D. Hudson, 40, was carrying a crowbar and a large chisel in his pants when officers responding to the Riverside Avenue burglar alarm stopped him walking out of the building around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Police Chief John R. Russo said.
Officer Brian Caughey was walking up an exterior staircase to the second floor as Hudson came down, feigning a phone call, the chief said.
Caughey radioed fellow Officer James Fecanin to stop Hudson and ask what he'd been up to. He also noticed "the front door to the apartment had been forced open, with significant damage," and saw "a large package directly outside of the damaged entry door," Russo said.
Hudson "gave conflicting accounts about where he was coining from and why he was at the property," the chief said.
Hudson had taken the package from the bedroom and dropped it at the front door as he was leaving the apartment after spotting Caughey, he said.
Hudson posted $10,000 bail and was released on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglar tools.
The Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification processed the scene and recovered evidence, the chief said.
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