LINDEN – Authorities are warning Linden residents to be on the lookout for a man who has robbed three homes after confronting residents with a fake police-type badge.
According to police, the suspect is a clean-shaven, black man in his 30s. He is bald and has a medium to muscular build. He usually wears a black or dark-colored t-shirt and dark pants to give the appearance that he is a law enforcement officer, police said.
The suspect rings the doorbell, confronts the residents and forces his way into their homes, police said. There have been three similar incidents in the northeast section of the city this year, and detectives believe the same man is responsible for two or perhaps all three of the crimes.
On Jan. 5, a home on the 600 block of Adams Street was robbed; on Feb. 1, a home on the 1900 block of Caroline Avenue was the target and on March 17, a home on the 400 block of Garfield Street was hit, police said.
Police believe that a smaller green car that may have out-of-state plates may be involved in the crimes with one or more suspects.
The police department has increased both marked and unmarked patrols in this area, and detectives are following up several leads. Police are now appealing to the public to be on the lookout for this individual in the event he strikes again.
Since the crimes are occurring in the morning or afternoon hours during daylight, police are asking the residents in this area to be extra vigilant in protecting their neighborhoods and reporting anything suspicious to the police department at once. Contact the Linden Police Detective Bureau at 1-908-474-8537 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.