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Police: Alert Residents Help Nab Pair Trying to Steal Washer, Dryer

One of the burglars was found hiding beneath a deck on Divito Trail, police said.

Police: Alert Residents Help Nab Pair Trying to Steal Washer, Dryer Police: Alert Residents Help Nab Pair Trying to Steal Washer, Dryer
A few alert residents in the Skidmore Trail neighborhood helped lead to the arrests Tuesday of two men trying to steal a washer and dryer from a nearby home, Hopatcong Police said.

Freddie Hamilton, 24, of Union, and Kelvin Fridy Jr., 26, of Irvington, were each charged with burglary and theft. Fridy was also charged with eluding.

According to Lt. Thomas Kmetz, a neighbor called police to report a grey truck parked in a nearby driveway and the garage door opening and closing at about 6 p.m. Tuesday on Skidmore Trail. The caller said she saw the same truck, which didn't have a front license plate, about a month earlier with a refrigerator in the back of it, Kmetz said.

When officers arrived, a black man with dreadlocks ran from the home, Kmetz said. Two officers gave chase, but could not immediately find him, Kmetz said.

The officers returned to the home where Hamilton was placed under arrest. Hamilton told officers he and the other man were there to do an inspection of the house for the bank, Kmetz said. However, Hamilton did not have a work order, Kmetz said.

Officers later determined the bank hired a contractor who hired Hamilton, who did not have a work order but had the key legitimately and used it to go inside and steal items, Kmetz said.

A washer and dryer were found in the middle of the room with a hand truck, Kmetz said.

Nearby residents reported seeing a man who matched Fridy's description running through their backyards, Kmetz said. Fridy was found hiding under a deck on Divito Trail, Kmetz said.

Fridy told officers he ran because he thought he had outstanding warrants, Kmetz said.

Hamilton and Fridy were transported to Sussex County Jail. Hamilton's bail was set at $15,000 and Fridy's was set at $25,000.

Kmetz credited the alert residents for helping apprehend the two men.

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