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Women threatened with knife after interrupting Saddle Brook burglary

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A woman who interrupted a burglary in Saddle Brook this afternoon told police one of the two bandits pulled a knife on her, telling her to put down the phone, when she tried to dial 911.

The woman said she was parked outside an Ardsmore Court home, waiting for a friend, when a white minivan pulled up and parked on the street around 1 o’clock, Police Chief Robert Kugler told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

Two men got out carrying toolboxes and entered a side yard of the house, he said.

The woman told police she got out of her car and told them that “the friend she was waiting for was not home and asked what they were doing.”

They first said they were there to fix an appliance, then told her to get back into her car, which she said she did.

Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler

As she picked up the phone, one of the men “tapped on the window and waved his finger motioning her to stop,” Kugler said. “He then showed her a switchblade knife and told her to put the phone down and not to call anyone.”

Soon as they left, the chief said, she called police.

She described one as about 6 feet tall, black, in his 30s and wearing a knit cap, plaid shirt and blue jeans. She described the other as also black, in his 20s, about 5’9” and wearing a baseball cap with an insignia she couldn’t identify.

“This type of incident could of very well lead to a home burglary, violent home invasion or other type of serious occurrence and outcome for any resident,” Kugler said. “It is also a very important example of how the general public and other interested and observant citizens are in the best position to prevent criminal activity and assist the police and their neighbors in protecting peoples lives, their homes and personal property from thefts and, more importantly, physical danger.”

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