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Fair Lawn Police Apprehend Alleged Serial Burglar

Verler McEachin, 50, of Paterson, has been arrested and charged in connection with three thefts in Fair Lawn.

A man spotted lugging two large bags away from on Wagaraw Road Sunday afternoon has been arrested and charged in multiple area burglaries, said.

In addition to burglary and theft charges for Sunday's incident, Verler M. McEachin, 50, of Paterson, faces burglary and theft charges for an earlier theft from Montone Construction as well as an August theft from Dell Landscaping on Wagaraw Road.

The security officer at the Fair Lawn Industrial Park, whose security booth faces Montone Construction, called police around 4 p.m. Sunday to report a theft after observing the suspect walking away from Montone Construction carrying two large bags, police said.

As the suspect continued walking north with the bags on Wagaraw, police said the security official -- a retired North Bergen police officer -- followed closely behind. After confronting the suspect near the driveway of a residence on Pomona Avenue, the suspect dropped the bags and fled on foot toward the Lincoln Avenue bridge, police said.

Police dispatched five officers to the area to investigate and five others to assist. The responding officers established a perimeter with the help of the Hawthorne Police Department and the County Police, and soon located the suspect, identified as McEachin, on 2nd Avenue near East 23rd Street in Paterson, police said.

Proceeds of the alleged burglary that were recovered by police include $795 in power tools from the discarded bags, and a 26-inch television and several other power tools left at the scene, police said.

McEachin, whom police say has been linked to burglaries in neighboring towns, also faces charges in Hawthorne. 

He was taken to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail

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Tommy P September 10, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Great work on the part of Fair Lawn PD as well as our neighbors from Passiac County in Hawthorne. Noticeably not on the scene, the slow to respond BCPD. Mutual aide worked again. Congrats on a job well done by all the officers who responded!
P. McCormick September 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Well Tommy, at least you agree the cops in town do a great job.
CountyMountie September 10, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I believe it was a County Officer that located the perpetrator ..
Toms'aPAIN September 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Boy there's plenty of crime in Fair Lawn lately, who's idea was it to reduce the police force?
Goodfella September 11, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Reduce the police force? How about getting the current patrol cars on the road and patrol.
Tommy P September 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
One of my neighbors here in Radburn, hint her name rhymes with your attempt to mock mine.
Tommy P September 11, 2012 at 02:56 AM
"at least"? What gives you the impression I don't like the PD?
Zak Koeske September 11, 2012 at 03:13 AM
@CountyMountie - Yes, it was a county police officer who located the suspect.
really September 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
really tommy i wasnt aware one swain vote can count as a majority, thats amazing. if you can do a better job step away from the comp, stop complaining, give up some of your free time and run for council. you seem to think you have great ideas. dont you think your donig fair lawn a dis service by not running for council and put your "great" ideas to action. stop shouting from the side lines, got to be in the game to make a difference. may have to put your real name on the ballot though
Tommy P September 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Im not sure I would be welcome by the RINOs who run the Republican Party and I don't think anyone would confuse me as a Democrat. After watching Stuart Pace getting such a small response, it would be a waste of my time. Thank you for the complement. Swain was mayor, she led her party and made the decision to keep the pool, sr center, rec spending, etc, while under funding the police to create a false narrative that the (D)s had a 0% tax increase. She even led the effort to let our water tower continue to rot which will cost us more in the long run. My party's hands are not particular clean on this one, since Jeanie has done exactly the same. BTW If I did run the ballot would read Thomas P .......

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