A Haledon woman who allegedly broke into a Wyckoff home and stole cash and jewelry was arrested Thursday, thanks to help from an alert neighbor, Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox announced in a release Friday.
According to Fox, cops responded to a Thomas Place home Tuesday where the resident said she was out for about three hours in the morning, and returned home to find the front door open. Jewelry, cash, and an iPad had been stolen from the home, police said.
During an interview with investigating police, a neighbor said a Hispanic woman driving a white Toyota had come to his home and told him that she was picking up her child, but had the wrong address, cops said.
Fox called the story a "classic ploy by burglars - knock on the door to determine if someone is home, and if someone answers the door, create a false story about why they are there."
When a similar burglary with a similar suspect description happened in Hawthorne Thursday, a police investigation led to the arrest of Evelise Gonzalez, 31, on burglary and theft charges, Fox said. Jewelry taken from the Wyckoff home was recovered from Gonzalez's car, he said.
Gonzalez was committed to the Bergen County Jail on $55,000 bail, Fox said.