YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Rutherford police are seeking the public’s help in catching a burglar who fled after being interrupted by the homeowners.
A surveillance video shows the bandit carrying a book as he rang the bell and knocked on the front door of the home just before 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Detective Michael Garner told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.
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After getting no response, he tried the doorknob, then walked around to the back, where he forced open the rear door with his hip.
The burglar “targeted the second-floor bedroom and office,” then headed to the kitchen, Garner said.
He was removing removing prescription medications from a kitchen cabinet when the homeowners interrupted him.
Then he took off out the front door and fled on foot toward Park Avenue, the detective told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
He’s described as in his 40s, with short hair and wearing a black jacket with a gray hood under it and a gray knit cap, light blue jeans, white sneakers and black gloves with white markings on it.
He also had a small black bag attached to his right hip.
If you know him, or can help with the investigation, please call Rutherford police: (201) 939-6000.