YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Kearny man who Rutherford police said tried to smash a deli window with a dumbbell in an attempted burglary was arrested overnight after officers found the matching weight in his friend’s apartment.
Officers responding to a burglary alarm at the Forest Dairy & Deli on Spring Dell just after 2:30 a.m. found the 20-pound weight lodged in the window pane of the front door, Capt. Patrick Feliciano said this morning.
Detective Sgt. Thomas Lewis reviewed surveillance footage with the owner and joined a search of the area.
At 3:46 a.m., Lewis and both Sgt. David Dovalo and Officer Frank Inglese spotted their suspect — identified as 23-year-old Sean M. Nee — riding a bicycle on Spring Dell, Feliciano said.
Nee “stated that he was staying with a friend at the Ettrick Terrace apartments and offered to show the officers where he was staying and retrieve identification,” the captain said.
No sooner did the trio arrive than Inglese spotted the matching dumbbell on thefloor — and a white t-shirt that Feliciano said Nee was seen wearing on the video.
Nee was taken to headquarters, where he admitted to the crime, he said.
Nee was being held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County jail, charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.
SURVEILLANCE IMAGE: Courtesy RUTHERFORD PD