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String of Burglaries on Main Street

Burglars hit What's Cooking, Lieto, and Lantern Chinese

New Milford Chief of Police Frank Papapietro told Patch Sunday that there were "three smash and grabs" along Main Street Saturday night. and were broken into; the glass door on  had been shattered, but no entry had been gained. 

Papapietro reported that when the owner of What's Cooking, located at 201 Main Street, arrived to open the store this morning he noticed that the glass on the front door was smashed.

Upon arrival, police also noticed that the glass on the door to Lieto Italia Ristorante, located directly next door to What's Cooking, had been shattered into a "spiderweb pattern" but there were no immediate signs of entry.   

Upon further inspection of the shops along Main Street, police discovered the glass door to Lantern Chinese, located at 235 Main Street, was smashed and entry had been gained.

Papapietro said that both What's Cooking and Lantern Chinese showed activity around the cash register, but it is unknown at this time what, if anything, was taken. He added that the Bergen County Sherrif's Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit (BCIU) was on site collecting evidence.

Papapietro said that similar incidents occurred in Garfield and Clifton last night. 

Papapietro is scheduled to give a press conference Sunday afternoon regarding the burglaries. Stay tuned for Patch for updates. 

Ann Piccirillo January 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Ulises, I spoke with the owner of "What's Cooking" (see posted article) and he did not have any alarms. He said that he never felt the need because in nine years he never had a burglary and felt protected by New Milford's tight-knit community.

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