Police to search N.J. synagogues near home of suspected firebomber

| January 25, 2012

BERGEN COUNTY — Authorities said they are planning to conduct a sweep of synagogues within a 10-mile radius of the home of a suspected firebomber in Bergen County to search for arson materials.

The announcement of the investigation came after a teenager charged with attempted murder in the firebombings of two North Jersey synagogues pleaded not guilty today.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office characterized the search as precautionary and didn’t say it was prompted by a specific threat or by new information the suspect had provided.

Authorities have contended 19-year-old Anthony Graziano searched on the Internet for synagogues near his home in Lodi and carried out his attacks using a bicycle as transportation.

Graziano appeared briefly in state Superior Court in an orange prison jumpsuit Wednesday with his hands and feet shackled. He didn’t speak during the five-minute proceeding and stood expressionless as public defender Robert Kalisch entered the not-guilty plea.

 

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