CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: A conscientious resident helped stop a crime before it could happen: Police said they found bags full of valuables lined up near a vacant house – and two men about to drive off with them.
Something didn’t look right to the caller, who pointed Officers Ryan Peterson and James Tracy to the men, who were sitting in a car on Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs Police Chief Michael Cioffi told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Against a nearby fence were several duffel bags, the chief said. As the officers pulled up, the car rolled away – lights off and trunk open.
Questioned after a stop, driver Alejandro Villalpando, 38, and Sergio Segovia-Morales, 19, both of Englewood “said they were there because of car trouble,” Cioffi told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Villalpando was “sweaty and nervous with his hands very dirty,” he said.
Inside the bags were brand-new power tools, work gloves and clothing, as well as liquor bottles, the chief said.
Cioffi said the two got in through an unlocked basement door in back. “Once inside they used the victims’ hand truck to carry the items to the fence area,” he said.
The owner later told police several spools of copper wiring were also taken from the site last week.
Villalpando and Sergio Segovia-Morales are being held in the Bergen County Jail on $50,000 bail each, charged with burglary and theft. Police also gave Villalpando summonses for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle with phony license plates, Cioffi said.