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Ridgefield police officers grab three at scene of home burglary

Photo Credit: Courtesy RIDGEFIELD PD

ANOTHER CVP SCOOP: A trio of Ridgefield police officers caught three burglars in the act, thanks to a call from a concerned neighbor, authorities said.

Officer Edward Schaefer was the first on the scene of a suspicious car with New York license plates parked on Oak Street near Edgewater Road just after 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon.

There he said he found 31-year-old Joel Bautista of Secaucus crouched behind a car wheel listening to a police scanner and talking on a cellphone.

Schaefer was interviewing him when two other men — identified as Adam Khales, 28, of Palisades Park and 32-year-old Samer Samra of North Bergen — came running out from the side of a house on Edgewater Avenue.

Officers Greg Anastassatos and Daniel Fugnitti chased them across a couple of yards before Anastassatos trabbed Samra and Fugnitti collared Khales.

Patrol officers returned to the burglarized home and found it ransacked, a window broken and jewelry missing, Capt. Richard Besser told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

They also recovered the scanner and gloves that were being sent to the lab for DNA analysis.

All three were being held on $20,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Khales also was charged with resisting arrest and Batista with intercepting police transmissions.

TOP: Joel Batista, Adam Khales, Samer Samra (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy RIDGEFIELD PD)

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