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.