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.