'Suspicious' Man Entered Kinnelon Garage, Cops Say
Authorities said man was seen in area of Woodchase Lane giving false story of missing dog.
Kinnelon police are still looking for a "suspicious" black male who they said entered the garage of a residence on Boonton Avenue uninvited Thursday.
The male is described as having a thin build and heavily tattooed, wearing a black cap.
At approximately 12:23 p.m., police said the male knocked on the door of a home on Woodchase Lane where only a 15-year-old boy was home. The boy answered the door and the male told him that he was looking for a missing dog that belonged to his girlfriend, a next-door neighbor, police said. He gave the boy his phone number and asked him to call if he saw the dog, police said.
However, police said the boy was not aware of the neighbor the male spoke of. The boy called police and provided the phone number, which police said was not a real number.
Police sent out a Nixle alert advising residents of the male at 1:40 p.m. on Thursday.
At about 2:54 p.m., police received another phone call, this time from a Boonton Avenue resident. The resident said she was home, along with another occupant of the home, when she heard knocking and whistling coming from the other side of the garage interior door. Police said the resident believed the male had entered the garage from the outside and approached the door that led to the house.
The resident called police, who responded but were unable to locate the male or any suspicious vehicle.
Any residents who see a male matching the description should contact the Kinnelon Police Department at 973-838-5400.