N.J. family returns home to find burglars inside

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WALLINGTON, N.J. — Police say two men broke into a Wallington home midday on Thursday, but were startled by the homeowners coming in and got away by running into the Passaic River.

Police believe the men were after prescription drugs and money because that’s what they left near the door, but apparently didn't have time to grab. Investigators say the men squeezed their way into the home through a small screened basement window, but broke through a larger window to escape.

“They run, they run through the pathway over there,” said a neighbor.

One witness described the men as between 17-21 years old. One with blond hair, the other with dark hair and a goatee. A surveillance camera from a nearby banquet hall snapped images of the men as they fled.

“I was up there my dog was out here my dog was going absolutely nuts,” Brian Warner was upstairs when he saw two guys heads bobbing along his back fence, “They were running right along this cliff edge here and then they went into the water, it slopes down and that’s where they went into the water.”

Police say they launched boats into the Passaic River to try and catch the men, but officers and a dog had trouble tracking them through thick brush along the river.

Police say this is the third burglary in Wallington in recent weeks, others happened at a business and an apartment complex. Investigators are not sure yet if the burglaries are connected.