ALLENDALE, N.J. – “We got him,” Allendale Police Chief George Scherb told Daily Voice early Monday after an intensive overnight manhunt – including tracking dogs and a helicopter – led to the early-morning arrest of a man suspected in a recent burglary spree.
Burglary and theft charges were among those being prepared against 20-year-old Justinian Rocco, a former borough resident who "has no fixed address but had been staying somewhere in Paterson," Scherb said.
Although only 20, Rocco already has a lengthy sheet of charges following area arrests -- for, among other offenses, burglary, theft, resisting arrest, harassment and credit card theft.
A dozen or so officers on foot flooded the area of both Mallinson Street and Park Avenue beginning around 2:50 a.m., residents told Daily Voice.
“They had searchlights and were looking into garage windows, sheds, vehicles, bushes, even a Dumpster where a house for sale was being cleared out,” one resident said. “They’re exceptionally thorough.”
Scherb had warned residents last week to lock their homes and vehicles and set any alarms systems they have following a series of break-ins that occurred between midnight and 5 a.m.
"A suspect has been identified but is still at large," the chief said at the time.
Scherb was assembling details Monday for a morning release.
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