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Police Blotter: Burglaries to Homes, Church

Information provided by the West Orange Police Department

A foreclosed home on Lawrence Avenue was allegedly burglarized last Monday, police said. According to the incident report, metal pipes from the walls and ceilings worth about $1,000 were taken.

Prescription pills were allegedly taken from Green Hill Nursing Home last Monday, police said. Officials with the nursing home told police 18 tablets of Oxycodone were missing from the facility. According to the incident report, the facility showed no signs of forced entry. Police suspect an employee who signed for the medication may have taken the medicine.

A home on Westwood Drive was allegedly burglarized last Tuesday, authorities said. Jewelry worth almost $2,000 was taken from the home, police said, adding that the house appeared to be in order.

A laptop was allegedly stolen from a porch on Fitzrandolph Road earlier this month, police said. The owner of the laptop told police she left her laptop on the porch on March 6 and realized it was missing on March 19. The laptop is worth about $1,000, according to the incident report.

A central air conditioning unit was apparently taken from Allegheny East Conference 7th Day Adventist Church on Washington Street last week, police said. The air conditioning unit was donated to the church and worth $5,000 to $10,000, according to the incident report.

A home on Walker Road was allegedly burglarized last Wednesday, police said. The owner of the home told authorities she noticed several desk drawers open in her living room and called the police. Police said the actor(s) entered through a window and pried open a door before ransacking the bedrooms. According to the incident report, a jewelry box with more than $2,000 worth of jewelry was taken as well as a sound dock worth $400.

All four tires of a car parked on Kayser Lane were allegedly taken late last week, police said. According to the incident report, the owner found his 2010 Honda with no tires. Police said all four tires are worth $2,000.

wohopeful March 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
All these burglaries every week is not good for ouw town, let alone the potential new renters at the Edison Projects. Imagine what the potential renters are going to think once they see the slums outside their window and the murders and crime going on right outside their security gates. Any guess what the increased police presence at the Edison Projects will cost the taxpayers?
Gary Englert March 28, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Repetetive anonymous nonsense becomes no truer with each retelling.
John P March 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Yes, the increase in burglaries is not good. Calling the area around the Edison Eyesore a slum is unkind. It's not worthy of that moniker. I'm not happy with what the council has approved, but they are the members that the people of WO elected. The police have been very quick to respond whenever our neighborhood has reached out for help. We had suspicious activity on our block a few weeks ago and 4 patrol cars were on the scene within minutes. Whatever becomes of the Edison crater, I'm confident the police can handle it. Will it mean more police? We will have to wait and see, but I understand where you're going with it. Krakoviak was the only member in opposition to the plan. Keep that in mind on May 8th when you vote.
Maggie Baran March 28, 2012 at 01:23 PM
An area that is made up of multi-family homes does not constitute a slum! The majority of the homes in the Main Street area are maintained decently. Wohopeful, you should really apologize for that remark. Name calling solves nothing.
Cynthia Cumming March 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Let's review: an empty home was burglarized; an employee stole oxycontin; a laptop was left on the porch and stolen; and four additional robberies. 6 reported crimes in a township of 46,000 people. Still unacceptable but hardly a crime wave. The comments about Edison redevelopment and the pitch for Mr. Krakoviak? Unrelated to this article.
Tom G. March 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The laptop theft is actually pretty funny. Almost 2 weeks passed before the person even realized the thing was missing! I guess they don't get online much :)

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