Residents of Collapsed Hackensack Building Were Robbery Victims

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011  |  Updated 3:17 PM EDT
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Residents Allowed To Return Home 5 Months After Collapse Cripples Building

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Part of a parking garage collapsed in New Jersey.

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Residents Allowed To Return Home 5 Months After Collapse Cripples Building

Residents of a badly damaged Hackensack building were allowed to move back into their homes today. In July, the complex's underground garage collapsed leaving the building unsafe for its residents. While officials were able to open up the first 65 units this afternoon, the city is still investigating the cause of the collapse. Brian Thompson brings us the story.
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Several tenants displaced by a parking garage collapse in northern New Jersey last summer were also the victims of burglaries that occurred while their high-rise apartment building was shuttered.

The Record of Woodland Park reports that thieves made off with about $21,000 worth of iPods, jewelry and other items from units at the Prospect Towers in Hackensack.

Police reports show five of the burglaries could have occurred just days after the July 16 collapse. Tenants were barred from the building then due to safety concerns.

The remaining thefts took place between August and November, when residents were escorted and strictly supervised each time they retrieved belongings from the structure.

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