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New Milford Home Burglarized While Residents Slept, Cops Say

A Hackensack man was arrested after he was seen on security footage using the victim's debit card, police said.

Chris Connolly - Credit: NMPD
Chris Connolly - Credit: NMPD

A Hackensack man was arrested Friday after burglarizing a Henley Avenue home while the residents were asleep, New Milford Police said.

Chris Connolly, 35, was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, credit card theft, theft of legal documents, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

“It takes a heightened level of desperation to break into an occupied residence, which makes this type of criminal especially dangerous.” New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro said.

According to police, multiple laptop computers, a camcorder, passports, jewelry and a debit card were taken between 1 and 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The victim was informed by her bank that the debit card had been used twice, between 5:30 and 5:45 a.m., first at a BP gas station in River Edge and shortly later at a 7-Eleven in Hackensack, according to police.

Detectives put together a description of the man and the vehicle seen on security footage from both locations where the debit card was used.

Paramus Police told detectives on Thursday they had arrested a man, Connolly, on New Year's Eve whose appearance and vehicle matched the description.

Connolly was released after his Paramus arrest, but detectives found his vehicle in the Target parking lot in Hackensack and followed him back to his apartment where he was detained by New Milford and Hackensack police departments.

After being arrested by NMPD, Connolly was brought to Bergen County Jail where he was being held on $50,000 bail.

Ulises January 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM
"It puts the lotion on and puts it in the basket..." Silence of the Lambs.
robin commerford January 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM
Wow! How sad is that!
Ulises January 14, 2014 at 01:34 PM
More like scary & creepy. Great job NMPD.
Sophie's Mom January 14, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Great job NMPD but why set bail at all - this is the problem, these people get arrested and give the town/county/state some bail money and let them out again - bribary at it's best! lockem up and throw away the key or cut his hands off - I'm sorry but I am so sick and tired of all these criminals just being let go to do more crime - it's time for barbaric (sp?) punishment.
Cranky Fake January 14, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Took some eye make up and few dresses is all. I like @moms idea, cut his hands off with a clever. All these burglars are rail thin junkies. One day they will pick the wrong house, some people don't call the police, let us hope that Iggy Pop here has learned his lesson.

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