There’s a video circulating on Instagram and TikTok of a Montclair resident who recently discovered an intruder in his kitchen. The lesson, says Verona Chief of Police Christopher Kiernan, is to lock your house door and your car doors.
“Thieves will look for anything that is open,” Kiernan says. “They are not looking for confrontation. They are looking for cash and car fobs, which are often left by a door.”
Kiernan says that Verona has not experienced any “occupied home entries,” which he distinguishes from a home invasion because the thieves do not use force–like pushing in a door–to enter a home.
But vehicle entries continue to be a problem in Verona. The chief said that there have been 30 in the last 14 days. The Verona Police Department has been working on an arrest warrant for a potential suspect.