Police Warn Linden Residents To Lock Doors & Windows Following String Of Cat Burglaries

LINDEN – After a recent string of cat burglaries, Linden police are reminding residents to keep their doors and windows locked. Authorities are also recommending the use of some type of outdoor lighting during nighttime hours, preferably motion-activated security lights.

At 1:28 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a home on the 200 block of West 16th Street. A 14-year-old girl told police that she woke up to find a man with dreadlocks and dressed in dark clothing standing in her bedroom. She screamed and scuffled with the suspect before he fled out of the home, according to authorities.


The girl was treated at Trinitas Hospital for a minor laceration to her head suffered during the incident, authorities said. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was taken from the home, according to police.

Early Friday morning, police investigated a robbery at a residence on the 1000 block of Woodlawn Avenue. The victim, 26, told police that he heard noises in his kitchen around 5 a.m. When he went to investigate, he found that his rear porch door and kitchen door were ajar. He told police that he saw a black man, about 6’0” tall, with dreadlocks standing in his driveway.

The victim chased the suspect to the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and East 12th Street, where the suspect dropped a tan purse, police said. The victim realized the purse was taken from his house and belonged to his mother.

Police found no signs of forced entry, but recovered a black laptop computer and a digital camera outside the house that did not belong to a victim, authorities said.

Later, police responded to another call on the 10 block of East 16th Street. The victim, 50, reported that someone had entered his home during the night and taken a black laptop computer from his dining room. Police determined that the suspect entered through an unlocked kitchen window and that the computer recovered outside the Woodlawn Avenue home belonged to this victim.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact the Linden Police Detective Bureau at 1-908-474-8537 or email crimetips@police.lindenes-nj.org.

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