YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An ex-con led officers on a chase through several backyards and over fences before they ran him down, Rutherford police said.
An alert neighbor called police to report seeing a man head into an unoccupied house on Washington Avenue yesterday afternoon, walk out with a white plastic bag filled with something and put it into a car.
The man then went back inside as the car drove off, Rutherford Police Lt. Patrick Feliciano told CLIFFVIEW PILOT early this afternoon.
Police were waiting as 42-year-old Gregory Perry emerged from a rear door and took off, “scaling multiple fences, ignoring commands to halt.”
Capt. Hal Ciser and Officer Buell quickly caught up to Perry, who surrendered on Hobart Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Perry, who has burglary and theft convictions on his record, was carrying a 17-inch slotted screwdriver, he said.
Police later found the home ransacked, Feliciano said.
Perry was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary, theft and posession of burglar tools.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy Rutherford PD