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Smash-and-Grab Burglar Strikes Maple Avenue Strip Mall

The E-Z Ship & Shop convenience store on Maple Avenue near the Glen Rock border suffered a burglary overnight Saturday.

A Maple Avenue convenience store was burglarized overnight Saturday for the second time since February, police said, making it the latest victim in a line of strip mall smash-and-grabs this year.

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Fair Lawn police responded to a burglar alarm at the E-Z Ship & Shop, located only steps from the Glen Rock border, to find the store's front glass door smashed and items scattered about the check-out counter.

With help from the county's K-9 unit, officers established a perimeter around the area but were unable to locate the perp, police said.

The store's manager, who said the burglar made off with between 15 and 20 packs of cigarettes and a few electric cigarettes, estimated the loss at $300.

He said the convenience store suffered a similar smash-and-grab burglary in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, in which the perpetrator used a large rock to partially break the glass door before reaching through to open it from the inside. In Sunday's incident, the object used to break the door's glass was not recovered.

In the February break-in, the manager said the burglar, in his haste to escape, left behind a glove and cigarettes at the scene.

An employee at the bagel store next door who said his baker witnessed the February escape after hearing a noise and coming outside, reported that the burglar sped away in a red Ford pickup truck.

There were no witnesses to Sunday's break-in, and E-Z Ship & Shop does not have surveillance cameras, the store manager said. Going forward, he said he plans to install at least six security cameras -- four inside and two outside.

Earlier this year, Fair Lawn experienced a string of smash-and-grab burglaries that police attributed to a lone criminal who is suspected in over 100 such break-ins across North Jersey. The break-ins died down over the summer, but in recent months neighboring Glen Rock and Saddle Brook have experienced their own share of smash-and-grabs. It is not clear, however, whether Sunday's incident is connected to any of the prior smash-and-grabs in the area, police said.

Ridgewood-Glen Rock editor James Kleimann contributed to this report.

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SusieHomeMaker October 08, 2012 at 11:33 AM
yeah... whats with the "actor" ?/ Also , my son has 2 friend who each had a burglary attempt in their houses in Glen Rock . Just an FYI to everybody-
Rickie10 October 08, 2012 at 01:50 PM
The word "actor" was used appropriately here. It also means "participant," and is employed in crime reporting.
Quantanya Richardson October 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Could there be a connection that the convenience store is known to sell cigarettes to under-aged kids?
Debbie October 08, 2012 at 03:29 PM
MoonSusan- the two attempted break ins in GR--were they this weekend as well? Can you provide streets or the area? I'm surprised the GRPD hasn't advised the GR Community via The Patch.
Tommy P October 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
@Zak, how long did it take the county to respond?
Me October 08, 2012 at 04:43 PM
First murder, now robberies. What's happening to Glen Rock? http://ridgewood.patch.com/articles/glen-rock-man-found-dead-in-car
JAFO October 08, 2012 at 04:45 PM
No
James Kleimann October 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Me, There have been zero murders in Glen Rock in many years. I don't even know when the last one was. The above article you're citing was not considered a suspicious death.
(0) October 08, 2012 at 07:17 PM
yes quantanya richardson- the burglar left a note saying "i did not do this for the money, i did this to make a point that they should not sell cigarettes to minors." congrats quantanya for having the dumbest comment of the day
James Kleimann October 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I don't know the exact time it took to respond, but the store manager said the response from authorities was very quick.
Josie October 08, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The last murder in Glen Rock was in 1984. My dear neighbor & friend was brutally killed inside her home. The GRPD arrested her adult son very shortly after the killing. I also recall that there was a murder in the 1950's but I was away at college, don't remember the details. Lets be thankful we live in a safe, yet not crime free, community.
James Kleimann October 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Thank you, Josie.
Elizabeth Cox October 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
WOW- way to totally change the subject- a robbery to a murder- seriously-
njn October 10, 2012 at 02:13 AM
This was not a robbery. That word should not have appeared in the first sentence. It's an important distinction.
Zak Koeske October 10, 2012 at 04:02 AM
@njn - Robbery does conventionally refer to theft involving violence or threat of violence, but it can also be used in this instance too. I actually looked it up before I wrote the story to make sure.
publius October 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
the actual charge would be burglary not robbery, buildings are burglarized, people are robbed
Quantanya Richardson October 12, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Maybe second dumbest, zero?

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