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GLEN ROCK, NJ – A former Glen Rock resident has been charged with committing close to $3,000 worth of damage to two local businesses on Halloween, police said.
Police discovered the alleged culprit, Matthew Ackerman, 36, of Vernon and a former Glen Rock resident, after reviewing video surveillance footage from other stores in the area. Ackerman was arrested November 12 on two charges of criminal mischief and will appear in Superior Court, Hackensack, on Dec. 6.
Ackerman is no relation to Glen Rock Police Chief Dean Ackermann, according to the chief.
On November 1, just after 8 a.m., the owner of Bellezza Salon, 877 Prospect Street, reported someone had thrown a large pumpkin through the front window of the store, police said. Across the street at Bergen News Plus, 890 Prospect Street, the owner reported a protective cover over the HVAC system at the rear of building was damaged, along with the motor. Both incidents were reported to have occurred overnight.
The owner of Bellezza reported $1,258 in damages and the owner of Bergen News Plus, $2,491 in damages.
Chief Dean Ackermann states that these charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.