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Burglaries Have Englewood, N.J. Residents On Edge

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ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/CBS 2) — Residents were on high alert Thursday as police investigated a rash of burglaries in Englewood.

There have been eight break-ins in the neighborhood since Oct. 14. Six of the incidents happened on the east side while two happened on the west side, police said.

In one incident on Oct. 29, the alleged burglar climbed onto the garage roof of a home on North Woodland Street, slipped in through an unlocked window on the second floor and made off with $175,000 worth of jewelry and cash.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reports

“The same person or same group could be responsible, but I think different people and different crews in different areas of the city,” said Englewood Police Lt. Timothy Torell.

For victim Lorna McDonald, it was the scare of her life. She was sleeping when she heard a man’s boots coming upstairs to another room that searched and then left, CBS 2′s John Slattery reports.

“I was nervous. I was shaking,” McDonald said.

Another break-in happened not too far from McDonald’s house, where a family came home to discover more than $25,000 in jewelry was gone.

“I think it’s horrible that someone would come and invade your home and take your things like that,” victim Brunilda Tise said.

Her husband discovered a bolted-down, floor safe had been removed from a closet floor.

“He came in and checked, noticed they had taken the safe — all of our lifetime jewelry,” Tise said.

Police are urging residents to be extra vigilant and advise them to lock their doors and windows.

Residents with information are asked to call the Detective Bureau at 201-568-4875.

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