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Chief: Witness Leads Police To Bloody Edgewater Business Burglar

Joseph Hernandez
Joseph Hernandez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy EDGEWATER PD

EDGEWATER, N.J. – A witness who alerted Edgewater police to a commercial break-in overnight Tuesday helped produce an arrest by their Cliffside Park colleagues a short time later.

Officers found a glass door broken and a cash register drawer removed from the Old River Road business just after 1:30 a.m., Police Chief William Skidmore said Tuesday afternoon.

They immediately broadcast a description provided by a witness – after which Cliffside Park police stopped Joseph Hernandez, 46, of Union City on nearby Gorge Road, Skidmore said.

Hernendez -- who had fresh cuts on his hands, broken glass on his clothing and proceeds in his pockets -- was arrested, the chief said.

A judge ordered him held on $25,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, pending a court hearing.

Skidmore thanked Cliffside Park police and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, whose Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence.

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