are investigating an attempted home burglary Tuesday night they say didn't happen thanks to an alert homeowner.
Police said officers Alfred Keiser and John Keiling responded to a Rutgers Lane residence after receiving a report at about 11 p.m. of a man attempting to climb through the home's window.
The homeowner reportedly heard a noise coming from her spare bedroom and went to check out the disturbance, police said. When she entered the room and switched on the light, police said she saw a man described as being 5-foot-7 and wearing a white shirt, tan pants and a hat. The man reportedly fled the scene through the window.
Police said they had no additional descriptive information regarding the man.
Police secured the crime scene, which was processed by the Morris County Criminal Investigation Division.
Police set up a search in the area, calling in New Jersey State Police and units from Montville and East Hanover to assist, according to PPD spokesperson Ptlm. Earl Kinsey. The Morris County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit also helped in the search.
Ultimately, police said the suspect was not found. Police said they believe the man may have escaped the area in a vehicle.
Police said a probe by Det. Joseph Puso of the department's Investigative Division is underway.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or suspicious activity in the area is asked to call Parsippany Police at 973-263-4300 or to send e-mail to the department via firstname.lastname@example.org.