Man Steals Cash, Headphones from Fort Lee Home

Fort Lee police picked up the accused thief less than a half-mile from the residence on Bridle Way, arresting and charging him with burglary and theft.

A Paterson man was charged Wednesday with burglary and theft after allegedly entering a residence on Bridle Way and making off with cash and an expensive pair of headphones, police said.

The received a call just after 1 p.m. that a burglary had occurred at the home. The resident told police that a man carrying a satchel over his shoulder had entered through an open door while a family member was in the home, police said. He also provided police with a physical description of the alleged burglar.

All available police units responded to the area, and while en route, Det. Douglas Cabler saw a man fitting the description walking south on Palisade Avenue.

After calling for backup, Cabler and Det. Howard Ginsburg apprehended Keith C. Bennett, 53, of Paterson, at Palisade Avenue and Bluff Road, less than half a mile from the scene of the alleged crime, according to police.

A marked police car took the victim, whose name police did not release, to the scene, where he was able to positively identify Bennett, police said.

Bennett was found with $126.12 and a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in his possession, both of which the victim reported had been stolen from his home, police said.

Bennett was arrested and transported to the Fort Lee Police Department, where he was charged with burglary and theft, according to police, who also said they discovered that Bennett had “an extensive criminal history for burglary.”

“The burglary was solved immediately; our guys caught him,” said Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli.

Bennett was placed in police holding where he was awaiting arraignment as of Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Jerry Wish July 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Billy the most recent burglaries happened on Buckingham Road and they happen during the day. The residents should be made aware of the burglaries for the simple reason of keeping our eyes open. If you live in the Bluff, then you practically know which cars and people are commonly seem driving/walking up and down the streets.
William Mays July 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I think I'm fine, I have security cameras around my house, but yeah, I'm aware of my neighbor's cars. Although I've been seeing some weird truck around lately.
Jimmy Nelson July 13, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Sure the mayor doesn't want to let the public know of the rash increase in burglaries happening in Fort Lee, because ever since he's been mayor, the police force has shrunk and crimes have increased ..Not only are burglaries on the rise but now we have attempted rapes in our streets etc..things we've never seen in this town until now ..police force down, crime and taxes up...yes keep voting them back in !!
paul berardi July 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Lived in Fort Lee for 37 years before moving to Arizona 24 years ago. The murder rate in Newark is 32.1/100,000 with all of NJ's restrictions on firearms. In Arizona/Phoenix where any U.S. citizen(without a felony conviction) can carry a concealed weapon the murder rate is 7.2 /100,000. Plus you do not have to run out of your own home in an effort to retreat before applying deadly force! Criminals don't fear the criminal justice system, but sure fear armed homeowners!! Makes criminal think twice if they know you might just take them out!!
William Mays July 14, 2012 at 01:17 AM
How about hiring more cops and not paying them 100k each, thats a good compromise. NYC cops get 40k and they actually have a job to do besides directing traffic and pulling people over.


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