PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The home of Paterson, N.J.‘s next mayor was broken into Tuesday night while he was out celebrating his election victory.
Police are not sure if the burglars knew they were targeting Jose “Joey” Torres or whether the election night heist was just a coincidence.
The break-in triggered the alarm at Torres’ house.
Neighbor Jay Rivera said he didn’t call Torres because he figured the mayor-elect was busy with election night.
“Every now and then it does go off, so we just thought it was just one of those things,” he told Putney. “But then about 45 minutes later, we saw a squad car in the driveway.”
“It was a break-in. They came in through my daughter’s bedroom,” he said. “It was another casualty in a big city.”
Torres said some of his wife’s valuable jewelry was stolen as he celebrated beating the incumbent who beat him four years ago.
“There was some sentimental stuff there but that could be replaced,” said the mayor-elect.
Torres says he doesn’t want to be treated any differently than anyone else who had a burglary.
The two-term mayor said no one was hurt and added precious metal thefts will be something he’ll tackle now that he’s back in office.
Mayor Jeffery Jones’ home was burglarized in 2001 and his Marine Corps ring was stolen.
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