Paterson Man Charged in Overnight Dry Cleaners Break-in

Police arrested Reginald Norman, 52, on burglary charges just after midnight Sunday.

A Paterson man was arrested overnight Sunday shortly after police said he broke into a Maple Avenue dry cleaners and made off with the cash drawer.

Reginald Norman, 52, was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of theft, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of criminal mischief and one count of defiant trespass.

Just after midnight, police responded to an activated alarm at Doulos Cleaners to find the building compromised and its cash drawer missing.

Police said the suspect actually gained access to an adjoining building and broke through the shared wall into the cleaners, where he grabbed the cash drawer and exited through the rear into the woods.

Soon after setting up set a roving perimeter around the property, Officer Robert Manning located and apprehended the suspect, identified as Reginald Norman, as well as the pried open cash drawer, police said. A subsequent police search revealed Norman was carrying $300 in small bills and he was placed under arrest, police said.

Norman was remanded to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $50,000 full bail.


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* October 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Great Job! Despite the lack of officers these guys hold the line for us!
Tommy P October 01, 2012 at 09:21 PM
More good police work on the part of FLPD. Noticeably missing, the county cops, I'm sure the sheriff will handle custody well. This is a PRIME example of why Fair Lawn's idea to tax and register alarms was such a dumb idea. This cleaners should be getting a small tax break for making it easier for police to do their work, instead of being forced to comply with additional regulations. Its a nice reminder of how people like myself, Sue, and others stopped that Metlzer tax for now.....
AMF October 02, 2012 at 03:27 AM
The Bergen County Police Department was on location and assisted with K-9. From my understanding the dog tracked various items successfully. Easy with beating up the County Officers, they and those dogs work day and night assisting many municipalites including Fair Lawn!
Tommy P October 02, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I'll take you at your word since Zak omitted their involvement. But for the waste know as BCPD, Fair Lawn would have its own K9 units and would likely share with our neighboring towns. Maybe we would use Paterson PD or Saddlebrook PD instead, one this is for sure, it would cost us a lot less for the same service. The officers of BCPD would be much more valuable as local cops and would spend a lot less time writing traffic tickets.
Keith Brown October 02, 2012 at 04:12 PM
get the ranks of the FLPD back to the size it should be. New leadership at the top and a clear out of the dead wood.Settle the law suits and move on.
Gabriel Francis October 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Great idea, Tommy. So, if one of our towns had a K9 unit and we sent them over to a neighboring town to assist, who would pay for the training, OT, maintenance, etc.? Would we bill the other town or would they pay an annual contract? What if the officer is injured? Would you pay the tab for a FL officer who is injured or sued while doing a job in Saddle Brook? Then FL would be down another cop. Doesn't make cents.
Tommy P October 03, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Interlocal agreements would determine how the costs would be split. We have mutual aide with fire, why not police? The county taxes Fair Lawn and every other town in the county, then uses the money to setup a shared police force plus overhead. Instead of having a 70 town shared police force, maybe we could share a few local police officers. Redirecting the same money spent of BCPD to FLPD would allow us to increase the size of the deptartment improving patrols. We could even lower taxes with some of the savings.
Pinupdoll October 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Mr. Brown, the council decimated boro employees, and the police department took the brunt of the blow, losing 10 officers in total. I am glad to see that thru the PBA leadership of Reverend Boone, that officers are still out there diligently doing their jobs keeping us safe. Great job FLPD!


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