November 18, 2013 at 4:50 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Two men tried to rob a Seton Hall University student right outside the main gate of the campus, and one punched the student in the face, according to a Pirate Alert sent by the university.
A day earlier, a Millburn resident reported two youths tried to rob him while he was standing Sloan Street outside Starbucks at about 3:30 p.m.
According to the university email alert, one man demanded the student's possessions while the other patted him down and found nothing. After the student was assaulted, the two fled on foot toward Newark. The incident occurred at 12:45 a.m. on Sunday.
According to police, the Millburn resident was approached Nov. 16 by two black youths who demanded his belongings. The victim refused to comply, and the two fled. One youth is described as heavy set and was wearing a Yankee cap and dark clothing. The other was thin and was wearing a grey jacket and jeans.
Burglaries of residences: South Orange police arrested suspects in two burglaries reported last week and are investigating a third.
Three minors were caught trying to break into a Meadowbrook Lane home through a rear porch window shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. Police responded to a neighbor’s call and saw the suspects in the act. After a brief chase on foot, the trio was arrested.
Michael Hart, 46, of East Orange, surrendered to police on Nov. 12 after an investigation determined that he had entered a vacant home on Grove Road around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9.
A Realtor told police that someone had broken into a vacant home on Mosswood Avenue sometime between last Nov. 8 and Nov. 12. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing a basement window, and unsuccessfully attempted to steal the furnace. The same home had previously been broken into sometime between late October and early November.
Car break-ins: Police arrested a juvenile suspect who was one of three observed trying to break into a car at a residence on South Kingman Road. The resident called police when she saw three black males attempting to break into her car at about 8:15 p.m. Nov 11. When the car’s alarm was activated, the three fled, but one of them, a juvenile, stopped when a neighbor told him their dog was about to attack.
A South Kingman Road resident reported that someone attempted to steal her 2004 Audi sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nov. 10. The suspect damaged the driver’s side lock and the ignition cylinder.
A Third Street resident reported that someone broke into her vehicle and took a number of items sometime between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Nov. 10. The burglar damaged the driver’s side lock before smashing the window to gain entry. A GPS unit, phone charger, bracelet and $40 in cash were taken.
A Valley Street resident told police that someone broke into his car at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Nov. 11 After hearing his car alarm go off, the victim looked out his apartment window to observe a black male fleeing in white Mercedes. The passenger’s side window of the victim’s car was smashed.
In other police news: A resident told police that someone stole his laptop while he was in the public library on Scotland Road at approximately 3 p.m. on Nov. 13. The victim said that he got up to use the bathroom, leaving his belongings on a desk, and when he returned the laptop was missing.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.