WAYNE, NJ – A Wayne resident of a home on Ratzer Road called 911 after seeing a man on her back deck, peering through the windows. It was 10:48 a.m. on Thursday morning according to the information provided by the Wayne Township Police Department.
Wayne Police patrol officers Adrian Sulejmani and Colin Bush responded to the police dispatchers call. A man matching the description was seen at a nearby bust stop. During questioning, the subject provided false information and was arrested.
“A quantity of heroine was found on him as well as suspected proceeds from another home located in Wayne.” This came from a statement released by the Wayne PD. “Officers were dispatched to that location and observed that the home had been entered and items were stolen from an elderly resident, who was home at the time of that burglary, but was unaware that anyone had entered her house.”
Both crime scenes were investigated by members of the Wayne Criminal Investigations Division. They gathered video surveillance and witness statements.
The investigation provided information that may have connected the subject with another residential burglary in Haledon the day before.
Mr. Henry Smith III was charged with Burglary, Trespassing, Theft, Possession of Heroin, Hindering Apprehension, and Criminal Mischief by the Wayne Police Department. He was also charged by the Haledon Police for the burglary in that town.
“Mr. Smith previously resided in Vineland, NJ but is now reported to be homeless. The complaints filed against him are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” the Wayne Police statement read.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Patrick Wlazel or Detective Sergeant Vincent J. Ricciardelli at 973-633-3530.