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I read this in the news today:

"More than $10,000 of jewelry and other belongings were stolen from a Hoboken residence, reports said.

Police said the burglar entered the Bloomfield Avenue apartment by unlocking the door through a broken glass window pane sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

According to reports, the victim estimated that jewelry worth $10,000, a $1,300 laptop and $120 in cash were stolen."

It sounds a lot like the same kind of job that was done at our apartment 2 years ago, in 2005:

I'm not sure where on Bloomfield this happened, but considering we were on Garden & 6th - and robbed in a very similar manner (with my roommates laptop stolen). I would bet its the same guy. I hope the police are able to catch this punk.

I called the police station, and spoke to the detective bureau at 201-420-2110. I explained what happened to us 2 years ago, and it sounded very similar to how we were robbed & what was stolen. At our crime, the robber moved objects which they got fingerprints from, and we never heard from the police again if they caught anyone.

Their reponse to my call?

"Do you know how many robberies happen each day in Hoboken?", the police officer said.

"No. How many robberies happen each day in Hoboken?", I deadpanned.

"Quite a few." he replied with a dismissive tone.

So much for our tax dollars at work.

Would it really be that hard for the police officer to say, "Thank you very much for that information, I will give it to the detectives working on the case, sir."

Wouldn't that then encourage a person like me who called in - trying to help - instead he just made me more bitter about our city government and left a negative impression of the Hoboken Police Department.

I didn't get the guy's name, but I should have.

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A friend of mine had his backpack stolen from his cubicle when he worked in Manhattan. He sat down with one of the security guys and reviewed a bunch of film until they found the guy on camera. They printed out his picture (got a pretty good shot of his face) and took it to the police. Their response: "What do you want us to do with this?"

I don't have a very high opinion of police.

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