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. 

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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