Dozens Of NJ Businesses Targeted For "Smash And Grab" Burglaries

Police are investigating a string of "smash and grab" burglaries involving a dozen businesses in Passaic and Bergen counties.

A sushi restaurant and nail salon had their windows smashed along with three other businesses on Piaget Avenue in Clifton.

"I would like to have more protection from police. That's all I want," said George Balonze, landlord for some of the burglarized properties.

There were four similar incidents in Garfield, where the owners of Mazzotta's Restaurant spent Sunday morning sweeping up broken glass. Cash, a television and stereo system were stolen from the eatery, which had just opened two days earlier.

"It set us back a little now, but we're going to open today. Hopefully people will come out and support us," said owner Laurie Mazzotta.

On Main Street in New Milford, there were two break-ins and one attempted break-in," police said.

The Clifton, Garfield and New Milford Police Departments are working together, sharing evidence that could possibly link all the burglaries.

"It's unusual to have so many commercial burglaries in the same night," said Frank Papapietro, Chief of the New Milford Police Department. "Detectives will be networking and sharing similarities."

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