The Maplewood Police Department is investigating several incidents of invasions of privacy over the last month, according to the police blotter.
On May 10, a Burroughs Way resident saw a man standing on the rear porch, looking through the sliding glass door, police said. The man was scared off and ran from the yard, said police.
Roughly a half hour later, a witness reported seeing a Hispanic male, described as 20-30 years old, 5’3”-5’5” tall, clean shaven with black spiked hair, wearing dark jeans with the front and back faded, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black leather jacket entering into the backyard of a home on Coolidge Rd., said police. After seeing the man return to the street minutes later, the witness confronted the man, who then was seen walking toward Irvington Ave into Newark, said police.
On May 12 between 1:30 and 2 a.m., a Boyden Avenue resident heard someone whispering outside their window, said police. In the morning, the resident found paving stones stacked underneath two of their windows.
On May 15, 19-year-old Christian Rua of Harding Street in Maplewood was arrested for trespassing after he was seen peering into a window of a Boyden Avenue home, said police.
The Maplewood Police Department takes these occurrences seriously and is actively investigating them. The police ask that residents be aware of their surrounding and report any suspicious incidents.