Vigilance, Inter-Agency Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Glen Rock Burglary Suspect

Oliver Blanco, 24, is now in Bergen County Jail on burglary and theft charges after eluding law enforcement for several months.

Glen Rock police say they've nabbed a man who allegedly burglarized a Valley Road home back in September.

Oliver Blanco, 24, of Berkeley Heights, remains in Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bond on charges of burglary and theft.

Glen Rock Police Chief Frederick Stahman told Patch early Friday afternoon that detectives, along with sheriff's department personnel, lifted finger prints from the Valley Road home on Sept. 30. Cash and jewelry had been missing in the afternoon heist. Extensive interviewing, Stahman said, narrowed the suspect list to one man – Blanco.

Though police went to Blanco's last known address in Berkley Heights, Blanco was nowhere to be found. Detectives issued a warrant for his arrest, which was also disseminated in a state-wide messaging system. Weeks passed  and there was still no sign of Blanco.

Then, a few days ago, Glen Rock detectives received a call. It was the Summit police. Blanco had checked into the hospital for what Stahman described as "minor health issues." The alleged burglar had been staying at his mother's house in Summit, Stahman told Patch.

On Wednesday, Blanco was in cuffs and transported to Bergen County Jail. Stahman congratulated Glen Rock detectives James Calaski and Eric Reamy for their work on the arrest.

Blanco will likely remain jailed until grand jury hearings.

its like that November 30, 2012 at 09:15 PM
great work
J.C. Lee November 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Great job! It is good to see that all of these police departments are willing to work with each other even for stuff that occurs beyond their town lines.
SR res December 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
fred holden December 01, 2012 at 04:47 PM
How did the hospital visit alert the Summit police to check out this character? I thought "suspicious injuries" such as gunshot & stab wounds & traumatic bruises needed to be reported, but not "minor health issues." How was the connection made? Which agency contacted the other? And why?
CJM December 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Fred, corrct me if I am wrong, but you fear that there was a Hippa violation ( Patient Privacy Act) don't you? Otherwise why would you care how the connection was made? Just guessing here, but I bet that Summit PD went looking for him ( the article says Summit PD did this) and was advised by his friends or family that he was in the hospital. A quick call to the hospital asking for visiting hours for a patient by his name and the hospital would tell you he is there and when he can be seen. GRPD locks him up. No HIPPA violation, just great Police work. Nothing to see here, please keep it moving......


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