CEDAR GROVE, NJ - A call to police from a Cedar Grove resident on Saturday ended in the arrest of man on burglary charges in the area of Stevens Avenue.

Cedar Grove police received a call around 10:26 p.m. Saturday from a resident who reported seeing a suspicious man attempting to force entry into a neighboring home, which was newly constructed and unoccupied.  The resident had last seen the suspect traveling north on foot on Stevens Avenue toward Little Falls.

According to police reports, Officers Anthony Grigolo and Joseph Ligas located an individual matching the description provided on Stevens Avenue. The man, who was later identified as Simon Strong, 38, of Elmwood Park, could not provide a reasonable explanation for his actions.

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As officers investigated further, they discovered Strong had provided given false information as to his Identity and was wanted by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department for burglary. He was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

He was processed and charged with burglary, hindering his own apprehension and possession of marijuana, and was transported to Passaic County Jail.

“The timely call from the alert resident was key," said Police Chief Joseph Cirasa.  "The call in conjunction with the diligence of the officers clearly prevented this and possible other crimes.” 

All persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Cedar Grove Police Department requests that the public report all suspicious activity observed, as it occurs. The police department telephone number is 973-239-4100 and in case of emergency 9-1-1.