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Bergen sheriff’s forensics detective pegs suspect in car vandalism

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

TV might stretch things a bit when they show investigators dusting for prints, but Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire’s detectives made it a reality, giving Waldwick police the evidence they needed to charge a local resident with causing $12,000 worth of damage to a co-worker’s car.


“Just because you escaped doesn’t mean you got away,” McGuire said.


Police had been called twice to a Mackay Avenue residence after paint stripper was poured on the victim’s cars — only the second time an empty container was left behind. Sheriff’s Detective Gerald Reap pulled two prints off the container, and found a match. The co-worker, Samuel Yellens, is charged locally with criminal mischief, trespassing and harassment.

“I would like to commend the excellent work of Detective Reap,” said Sheriff McGuire “This case is a prime example of the power of forensic detective work.”

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