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Saddle Brook police seek public’s help finding counter-hopping cigarette thief

Photo Credit: Courtesy SADDLE BROOK PD
Photo Credit: Courtesy SADDLE BROOK PD

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Saddle Brook police are seeking the public’s help finding a serial thief who’s hopped store counters and made off with an armful of cigarettes several times the past six months.

They described him as 6′ to 6’3″ with a thin build.

Two thefts were identical:

On Dec. 4 of last year, the thief walked into a store at 1:40 a.m. wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black sweat pants, dark sneakers with a white sole and sunglasses. After going over the counter, he fled with several cartons.

Two days ago, he entered another store at 2:21 a.m. wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a Nike Jordan logo, black sweat pants, dark sneakers — apparently Nikes — with a white sole and a black mask.

He “walked brazenly past the store clerk, who was standing at the front of the counter, climbed over it, grabbed umerous cartons of cigarettes and exited the store,” Capt. Vincent Laurentino told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The same thief is suspected in two convenience store burglaries, on Feb. 8 and April 8, in which smokes were taken, Laurentino said.

Police are also investigating a shed burglary from this pas Monday and a food truck burglary from Tuesday. A cash register taken from the food truck was found in Elmwood Park on Thursday, the captain said.

If you see him, know who he is, of have information that could help the investigation, please call Saddle Brook PD: (201) 843-7000

IMAGES: Courtesy SADDLE BROOK PD

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