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Lyndhurst police catch construction site thief red-handed, chief says

Photo Credit: Courtesy Lyndhurst PD

ONLY ON THE PILOT: Sometimes old-fashioned detective work quickly cracks a case, said Lyndhurst Police Chief James O’Connor, explaining how his officers arrested a borough man on charges of stealing tools, wire and other construction items that he then hocked.

Following the theft last Friday of an air compressor, nail guns and assorted air conditioning and plumbing tools from a home construction site on Stuyvesant Avenue, Detective Ronald Guirland and Officer Richard Pizzuti began visiting area pawn shops.

They quickly identified 38-year-old Shane Beddard as a suspect and started following him, O’Connor told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

They were watching around 3:25 a.m. yesterday as Beddard swiped nearly 100 pounds of welding cable from a pickup truck parked on Fern Avenue, near his home, and quickly arrested him, the chief said.

In his SUV, Guirland and Pizzuti said they found an air conditioner and several heavy-duty truck batteries reported stolen on April 1.

Checking other area pawn shops yesterday, they found assorted tools that O’Connor said the 6-foot, 180-pound Beddard had sold there.

He also confessed to at least one other similar burglary in Belleville, the chief said. Additional charges were expected.

Beddard, meanwhile, was being held on $30,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged by Lyndhurst police with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and one of possession of burglary tools.

MUGSHOT / PHOTO: Courtesy Lyndhurst PD

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