MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On November 9, 2015 at approximately 7:19 p.m. a resident of Garrett Road reported an attempted burglary to her residence.

The resident, who had retired for the evening, heard an object either banging against or being placed against her home. Upon investigating the noise she observed a tall thin male standing on a ladder attempting to gain access to her home. The suspect was reported to be wearing a ski mask. Upon being discovered, the suspect jumped from the ladder and fled the area on foot.

Officers from the Mountainside Police Department responded to the area and quickly set up a search perimeter. Assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was requested. A tracking team arrived shortly thereafter but were unable to maintain a scent of the suspect and his escape route.

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An investigation revealed that the suspect utilized a ladder stored in the rear yard of the residence. Pry marks around the window that the suspect was attempting to gain entry to were located and processed for evidence.

An investigation is being conducted by the Mountainside Police Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective William Stolting at 908-232-8100.

The Mountainside Police Department offers the following crime prevention tips to prevent potential burglaries and thefts. Ensure that your doors and windows are locked including those on your vehicles. The use of timers on electric lights will help give the appearance that your home is occupied. Most burglars avoid occupied homes and confrontation with homeowners as we have seen in this incident. Immediately report any suspicious vehicles, people or occurrences so police can respond and investigate. Secure ladders inside your home, garage or sheds so as not to give potential burglars an easy opportunity to access the upper levels of your home. If your ladder is too large to be stored indoors lock it to a fence, tree or deck.