YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Paramus and Oradell police teamed up to snare a pair of burglary suspects, thanks to alert residents who got officers to the scene before a car containing stolen goods could be driven away.
Paramus police got the first call from an Oradell Avenue resident who said he saw a suspicious-looking man emerge from behind his neighbor’s house around 3:30 Monday afternoon.
As patrol officers headed there, they got a call from a relative who was checking on the house and discovered that it had just been broken into, Detective Capt. Robert Guidetti told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. Both a laptop and an attaché case were missing, he said.
The neighbor, meanwhile, told police the thief ran east toward River Edge, Guidetti said.
An alert went out, and both Oradell and River Edge police headed toward the area to assist in the search, he said.
Within moments, another call came in from an East Avenue resident that two laptops and a shopping bag containing a leather attaché case were missing from his house, the captain said.
Police found one of the two suspects hiding in the bushes of a home on Forest Avenue.
Identified as George Allgeier, 47 (above, left), he was being held on $5,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
The other, caught near Kinderkamack Road by Oradell police, was identified as 38-year-old Osvaldo Rodriguez (right). His bail is $10,000.
Outside the East Avenue home, police found a car with the items but no keys inside.
“They apparently took the keys from inside and then tossed them when they ran,” Guidetti said.
One of the victims, who’d been hospitalized in an unrelated incident, told police yesterday that jewelry and a wallet also were missing, he said.
“Thanks to the alert neighbor, who knew to call police immediately, we were able to make both arrests,” the captain said.