Home Invasion Ends in Arrests

A resident on Nestro Road enters his home to find men ransacking it.


A man living on Nestro Road returned home Monday at 10 a.m., walked in the door and found men ransacking his house.

A neighbor heard his pleas for help, “I walked out the door," said Craig Waldron, "and [the neighbor] said, 'Help, help, I'm being robbed."

The man apparently struggled with the burglars, before they left his house and drove away. West Orange police confirmed that a robbery happened on Nestro Road, but did not release details.

The man who lives in the home was not injured in the fight with the intruders, police said. The man called police and provided a description of the robbers and their car. Police apparently gave chase and arrested five people a short time later in Newark, those details are forthcoming.

Waldron said he heard yells coming from his neighbor on Nestro Road at around 10 a.m. As he called the police, he said he saw men flee from the house on foot and in a car.

Waldron said he had seen men pull up in a car and someone knock on the door about 30 minutes before the robbery. 

The neighborhood is small, safe, and family oriented area, said Waldron, and everyone looks out for one another.

Police and neighbors crowded on the lawn of the two-story home on Monday morning. 

"It is a good neighborhood watch without really watching," said Waldron. 

Another neighbor, who did not want to give her name, said she was at work at the time of the robbery. When she returned home, neighbors related to her that they had seen men jumping out of windows trying to flee. 

The woman said things were strewn around the house, and the burglars attempted to take a television out of a window. 

There are multiple agencies currently helping with the ongoing investigation, West Orange Police said, including the the New Jersey State Police. 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available. 

Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Steve DeRosa: We are talking nuance here: is the occupant being "present" and arriving only after the entry occurs the same as being in the residence when the unauthorized entry happens?
Cybil Binan August 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM
May I ask why you are arguing over semantics?
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Cybil Binan: No argument really; just a good natured discussion between old friends. My honest concern, however, is the possible sensationalizing of a story based on an inappropriate headline. I think we all know what a "burglary" is and most also agree on what the commonly accepted definition of a "home invasion" is. If a resident comes home suprises an intruder druing the commission of a burglarly, does it then become a home invasion?
Steve DeRosa August 21, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yes Gary it does make it that IF as statute states confronts or threatens
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Steve DeRosa: Well, while you may be right, the statute cited doesn't mention the term "home invasion," ONLY the escalating degree of the crime if an individual is confronted/threatened/scared/assaulted/injured in the commission of the burglarly. I'm truly curious to know whether or not the specific term is memorialized and/or codified in NJ state law.
Cybil Binan August 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My only concern was that this happened 3 doors away and I am concerned about why this happened on my block. It is a very tight neighborhood and is not a through street. Not a smart place for theft, if you ask me. We all know if there is a car on our street that doesn't belong there and we all watch out for each other. This happened to my friend and it was very upsetting.
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Cybil Binian: Sad but true, crime does happen everywhere and burglaries are no exception. Surely, we are all better served by ;ooking out for our neighbors but, if the article is accurate, these pepetrators were seen knocking on the door of the home (and didn't arouse anyone's suspicions) 30 minutes before the owner's cries for help were heard. The best thing, of course, being that these actors were caught and arrested.
Sam Jones August 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
@Gary: Next time don't trust Wikipedia for your information.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 04:49 PM
In 2010 for the entire year, there were 35 robberies . In the first half of 2011, there were 24 robberies .There were 47 assaults in 2010. In the first half of 2011, there were 21 assaults. For all of 2011, there were 131 burglaries . In the first half of 2011,there were 94 burglaries . There were 156 incidents of domestic violence in 2010. How many were there in the first half of 2011? How many thefts were there ?Based on the numbers, I feel that people who believe that the number of serious crimes like robberies and burglaries and auto thefts increased from 2010 to 2011 {Police Director Parisi's first full year } are correct. I am happy to see a decrease in 2012.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Correction There were 18 aggravated assaults in the first half of 2011, not 21.
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Sam Jones: There are any number of on-line references that define the term "home invasion" precisely as I did...and your comment does nothing to add to civil discourse here.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
In Police Director Parisi's reports, there are no figures for domestic violence, thefts and simple assaults . If the defenders of the staus quo want to say that crime is down from the same period last year,not a problem. The numbers clearly bear that out.. But I don't remember these same people acknowledging that the number of certain serious crimes rose from 2010 to 2011.
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Again, the figures presented show comparisons in serious crimes (against people and property) detailed in Part 1 of the UCRs. These are the incidents of generally the greatest concern to the public. Regardless, the overall crime rate, and crime in virtually each sub-category, has consistently declined over the last dozen or more years...as a review of the UCRs clearly indicate. While murders do happen, they are infrequent and if a single murder occurs during a given year, following a year in which there was none, there will be a 100% increase in crimes tabulated for that category. The fact that such things happen is not indicative of a trend or that the overall rate has risen.
Sam Jones August 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
@ Gary: The fact that you're trying to interpret crime reports is a crock. Go back to doing whatever it is that you do and leave the explanation of the report up to the Police Chief.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Simple assaults rose from 52 in 2011 to 54 in 2012 . NOT on Police Director Parisi's report . No figures for theft or domestic violence either . Per pupil spending was 15k because the State allowed many exemptions . Oops ! Actually 21k, as many people had pointed out on numerous occasions . Teacher attendence numbers are fraudulent . Many absences are simply excluded. Now we see no numbers for domestic violence, thefts, and there's been a slight increase in the number of simple assaults ..... " those specifically reported are of the greatest concern to people" People aren't concerned about thefts and domestic violence ? Oh, I'm sorry. They are undoubtedly of "great concern" to people, but not of the " greatest concern" to people. Crime is down year after year . NUMBERS PLEASE ! Major cities where crime rates are sky high often report steady declines in major categories of crime .Is the city safer, or is it just less dangerous ? Present the NUMBERS and let people decide for themselves . As Disreali said ," There are lies, there are big lies , and there are statistics. " When there are not intentional omissions , there are half - truths, manipulation of the facts, and and there are ALWAYS exercises in pure semantics. By the way, before I forget, WINNING !
Alan Sanders August 21, 2012 at 06:10 PM
In this case, if I remember correctly, there was an attempted burglary, but not a burglary per se. Does that make any difference regarding the charge?
Alan Sanders August 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I think that I'm going to ask 'Police Director' Parisi to make sarcasm and hostility on the Patch a crime. I have to think about what an appropriate punishment might be. :-)
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Do your own research concerning historical crime statistics, Mr. Prignano. All the information to bear out my assertion is available here: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr The Mayor and WOPD issued a preliminary report to allay unjustified concerns about serious crime in our community. It is not, and doesn't purport to be, the complete Uniform Crime Report that will be filed with the FBI as it is each year.
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Alan Sanders: An MMA style cage match between the respective combatants would be just fine with me! :-)
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 07:06 PM
While a faint hope that it will ever happen, it would be nice if Mr. Prignano actually knew what he was talking about before opening his mouth or, in this case, putting his fingers on a keyboard. Crime in West Orange has been steadily decreasing for the last dozen years or so, a fact that can be easily ascertained by anyone wishing to do so by reviewing the relevant UCRs, available at this link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/ucr
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Nowhere does it say this was a preliminary report. The article states "The most recent Uniform Crime report { UCR } comparisons for the first half of 2011 versus the first half of 2012 shows a 20.1% decrease in the town's crime rate " Where does it say preliminary report ? Where does it even infer that ? Where does it say this is an incomplete report ? Where does it even suggest that ? That report was worded to be intentionally misleading,and blatantly so.Where are the domestic violence and theft numbers?The increase in the number of simple assaults would have lowered the 20.1% reduction in crime .Judging by that omission, methinks thefts and domestic violence figures would have been included IF the numbers were favorable to Police Director Parisi . I'm inclined to believe they weren't. How do you stand it ? Police Chief Edward Palardy was paid $1,000 to do double- duty as the Police Director . Police Director/Mayor Parisi receives no extra compensation for the post .Ahhh ,but Jack Sayers got $127,000 as our full- time Police Director .He retired with a pension of $93,000. He instantaneously got a 500% raise as our Business Administrator. Councilwoman McCartney said " I never thought of Jack as a full-time Police Director .I always considered him a part- time Director and a full-time B.A." No other Councilperson refuted her statement .BUT how did they PAY HIM ? Talk about betraying the public . Omissions, half- truths ,manipulation of the truth , and semantics. WINNING !
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM
The article need not say that this is a preliminary UCR report for me to know it is, as they are compiled annually for a calendar year for submission to the FBI and national publication. Only the preliminary reports for 2011 (basically major cities) are currently available on the FBI's website. Mayor Parisi and the WOPD released this preliminary comparative data to address the nonsense being perpetrated by alarmists like yourself who are maintaining crime is rising and out of control. It isn't. The crime that does occur is being more quickly and widely reported due to the Internet...period.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM
If Police Director parisi had included the simple assault numbers and the arson numbers in his report, , the drop in crime would be almost exactly 15% , NOT 20.1% as reported . One can only speculate what including the comparative numbers of thefts and incidents of domestic violence might do to the 20.1% reported decline in crime. Let me conclude with this ; Isn't it interesting that Gary R. Englert was capable of and willing to provide the numbers for simple assaults and arson, but Police Director Parisi wasn't ?
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Sam Jones: The fact that you're denigrating me, and common sense, from behind the cover of a screen name paints you as noting more than a cowardly, anonymous, Internet nitwit. If you have something germane to add to the conversation then do so; otherwise, stifle yourself, moron.
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Mayor Parisi provided the information he did for a specific purpose and held nothing back with any ulterior motive whatsoever. Crime is down...overall and in every category...with the noticeable exception of motor vehicle thefts where there has been a slight increase. Even those, however, are a fraction of the numbers posted a decade ago.
john anthony prignano August 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Gary R. Englert ; "Crime is down.... overall and in every category.....with the noticeable exception of motor vehicle thefts where there has been a slight increase. " Gary R. Englert ; " Simple assaults went from 52 in 2011 to 54 in 2012." {sigh } Yet another sad commentary on the public school's failure to teach basic arithmetic .
Gary Englert August 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM
A 3% increase in a what is acknowledged to be a minor crime is of little if any significance and surely no indication that the sky is falling...nor is it worthy of any attention whatsoever, other than by our local anarchist...john "Ranthony" prignano.
Cybil Binan August 22, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I agree Donna! Well said!
WO Resident August 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
OMG - you guys know how to beat a dead horse... for goodness sake...
Alvin Williams September 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
The homeowner is very lucky to be alive. My cousin walked in on something similar and was beaten and shot. He managed to get out of the house and collapsed on the street where a passing police officer spotted him. Thank God he survived.


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