Police encountered Angelica Cordero, 31, shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday morning on Cedar Street, after stepping up patrols in an “aggressive” effort to stem the uptick in crime, Chief Frederick Stahman said in a release.
After an initial interview and warrant check that night, police say they found “no legal reason to detain her."
“When they contacted her, they let her go,” Detective Sgt. Eric Reamy said. “They did a more thorough check of the neighborhood after they cut her loose, and found there had been burglaries in the area.”
A house-to-house check, police said, found that at least seven unlocked cars had been entered and rifled through during the night.
Police picked up Cordero at her Paterson home later that day “as a person of interest,” authorities said, and during an interview at police headquarters cops said she admitted to entering multiple cars and stealing money and small electronics. Cops say they then escorted her back to her residence, where a “large amount of stolen property was recovered.”
In one instance, police said $1,200 had been taken from a single car on Glen Boulevard.
By Monday, six additional burglary victims came forward and Reamy said that additional charges are pending in both Glen Rock and surrounding towns.
Cordero remained in Bergen County Jail Monday afternoon in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Police said that potential victims will be contacted as the alleged stolen property is identified.
Victims or those with information are asked to contact either Reamy or Detective James Calaski of the detective bureau at 201-670-3947 or 201-670-3948.