WAYNE, NJ — A man suspected of burglarizing several homes in Wayne led the Wayne Police on a chase into Haledon. A blown tire had the suspect driving on a rim before a foot pursuit and eventual arrest, according to the Wayne PD.

On Wednesday, April 14, Wayne Patrol Officers Michael Sweeney and Spencer Schoonmaker identified a suspect wanted in recent burglaries in the area of Valley Road and Ratzer Road. The officers were monitoring the area of the most recent known burglary when they saw someone who looked like the wanted burglar driving by.

“An Acura MDX passed their location with a driver who matched the basic description of the suspect,” said Wayne Police Detective Captain, Dan Daly. “The car had a broken vent window and an obviously-fictitious temporary license plate attached to the vehicle.”

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Schoonmaker and Sweeney attempted to pull the car over, but the suspect would not stop. The chase went into Haledon before the Acura struck a curb at Belmont Ave and blew a tire. The pursuit continued with the suspect’s tire shredding and eventually deteriorating until he was riding on just a rim, sparks flying.

Knowing he could not escape in the now slow-moving vehicle, the suspect jumped from the car near Kossuth Avenue and took off on foot, running in between houses into the relative safety of residential backyards.

“A perimeter was established and officers from multiple agencies, including Haledon Police, Prospect Park Police, William Paterson University Police and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office assisted in a search,” explained Daly.

These officers began combing through the perimeter unable to find the suspect until a local resident showed them where he was hiding: under a tarp in a backyard, not far from where he left his car.

They swarmed in and arrested the suspect who was later identified as William Green (49) from Paterson.

“Soon after Mr. Green’s arrest, a resident of the Valley section of Wayne reported their home was found burglarized,” said Daly. “Items found on Mr. Green at the time of his arrest were identified by the resident as proceeds from that burglary.”

With that information, Green was charged with two counts of Burglary, Possession of Burglar Tools, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Eluding and Obstructing the Administration of Law. Green also had an outstanding warrant form Passaic County.

He was detained in the Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Since Green is a suspect in multiple burglaries in Wayne, Captain Daly is asking that anyone who has any information regarding these crimes to please call the Wayne Police Detective Bureau at 973-633-3530.

The charges against Mr. Green are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.