Cops: Record License Plates of Suspicious Individuals
Woman handled dicey situation well, police say.
In the end, it was just a bank employee doing his job, but a woman did the right thing when she took down the license plate of a man watching and following a boy in Hopatcong, police said.
A Dupont Avenue woman told police that a juvenile male neighbor knocked on her door and told her a man in a silver car didn't just watch him, but followed him, police said.
So the woman let the juvenile into her home and approached the male, who was taking pictures of a house across the street, getting a description of the driver and his vehicle and its license plate number, police said.
The vehicle was gone when police arrived, police said. Officer Edward Janosko then entered the license plate number into the Department of Motor Vehicle database and contacted its owner, police said.
The owner told police he works for a bank and was there to photograph a house and document whether anyone was living in it, police said. The driver also admitted watching the juvenile, but only to see if he would enter the house, police said. No contact was made between the juvenile and the driver, police said.
Lt. Thomas Kmetz said the woman and the juvenile "did the right thing."
"We hear in the news about people who follow juveniles," Kmetz said. "This case was solved so quickly because the woman got the license plate number. Anytime you deal with a vehicle, whether it is for road rage, they are sitting in front of your house, they are all over the road in front of you, or for any reason; it helps the police a tremendous amount to write that plate down.
"It is not suggested that anyone approach the vehicle like the woman did. But in this case it worked out great."
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