Surveillance captures Wayne break-ins

January 3, 2013 2:40:08 PM PST
A couple of tricky thieves were caught in action by a home security camera in New Jersey.

The man and woman walk up to a front door. It seems innocent. He rings the bell and knocks on the door. But then he tries the door knob as his companion looks on.

"And if someone answers the door, they ask if it's okay to go in the backyard to look for a football, then they just leave," said Chief John Reardon, Wayne Police.

That's what they did in the video because the homeowner answered. Wayne Police believe these two may be responsible for a couple of break-ins near Oxbow Place. When they happened neighbors have reported seeing these two around.

"There's a strong coincidence here. Why would they be going to several houses with that same question about looking for a football?" Chief Reardon said.

Two homes were broken into; one on December 3rd, the other, Christmas Eve, a homeowner gave this video to police after hearing about the crimes.

Eyewitness News showed it to people on one end of Oxbow.

"Terrible, terrifying to open the door for anybody," a neighbor said.

"I'm ashamed it's happening in our community," said Howie Jacobs, a Wayne resident.

The alert is out says one neighbor who happens to be a retired cop.

"We need neighbors to help, can't do it alone. If you see something, pick up the phone," the retired officer said.

Police remind everyone to lock up. And this former cops advises you not to keep money and jewelry in the master bedroom, he says it's the first place burglars head.

"Put it in the garage, basement, at least if it happens, they get away with nothing," he said.

If you recognize the pair you are asked to call police.

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