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Cops: Record License Plates of Suspicious Individuals

Woman handled dicey situation well, police say.

In the end, it was just a bank employee doing his job, but a woman did the right thing when she took down the license plate of a man watching and following a boy in Hopatcong, police said.

A Dupont Avenue woman told police that a juvenile male neighbor knocked on her door and told her a man in a silver car didn't just watch him, but followed him, police said.

So the woman let the juvenile into her home and approached the male, who was taking pictures of a house across the street, getting a description of the driver and his vehicle and its license plate number, police said.

The vehicle was gone when police arrived, police said. Officer Edward Janosko then entered the license plate number into the Department of Motor Vehicle database and contacted its owner, police said.

The owner told police he works for a bank and was there to photograph a house and document whether anyone was living in it, police said. The driver also admitted watching the juvenile, but only to see if he would enter the house, police said. No contact was made between the juvenile and the driver, police said.

Lt. Thomas Kmetz said the woman and the juvenile "did the right thing."

"We hear in the news about people who follow juveniles," Kmetz said. "This case was solved so quickly because the woman got the license plate number. Anytime you deal with a vehicle, whether it is for road rage, they are sitting in front of your house, they are all over the road in front of you, or for any reason; it helps the police a tremendous amount to write that plate down.

"It is not suggested that anyone approach the vehicle like the woman did. But in this case it worked out great."

For questions on this report, email brendan@patch.com.

Observer July 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Somebody must have failed both spelling and geography!
DavidGoGiants July 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Lol Michael Flippin
Tony July 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Maybe i'm wrong but what is wrong with having a strip joint (near) town? Are crimes being committed there? Is there a criminal element being brought to town by having it there? Are minors being served there? If not, then what is the harm? It's better than having another empty building standing there not generating revenue and not passing taxes.
Ms. Concealed July 20, 2012 at 02:06 AM
So I misspelled a word and Rumors is Landing. What you never misspelled any words before Observer, you really need to get a life
KSolimando July 21, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thanks to P, you have my vote for neighborhood watch!!! Kids sometimes do not pay attention to their surroundings but in this case the level of detail was amazing! You are fearless!!

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