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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Mahwah police arrested a Rockland County man moments after they said he broke into a popular local butcher shop, rifled through the cash register and fled with a bleeding hand.

Officer Stacy Conley responded to a 911 call from a resident who heard broken glass just after 10:30 p.m. and found the front glass door of Janek’s Meat Market on Ramapo Valley Road broken out, Police Chief James Batelli said early this afternoon.

He then spotted 25-year-old Colm King Jr. of Blauvelt walking out a backdoor leading to apartments above the business, Batelli said.

King wasn’t only evasive with answer to Conley’s questions, the chief said: His left hand was bleeding.

King at first resisted, Batelli said, but Conley took him into custody with assistance from Officer Mazen Kandis.

Lt. Philip Tangel found the broken glass, open cash register draws and boxes of cigarettes strewn around — as well as a large garden tool that apparently was used to smash the front door, the chief said.

“In his haste he took old lottery tickets and slips with no value, along with some cash,” Batelli said.

King’s 2009 Hyundai, which was parked at the scene with its door open, was impounded at the scene.

King, whose criminal record includes drug and hypodermic needle arrests, was awaiting a bail hearing in Mahwah before being transferred to the Bergen County Jail, the cheif said.


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