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Accused pill-popping thief freed without bail again after police nab him at Fair Lawn High School

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An accused prescription pill thief awaiting trial on four previous burglaries broke into another home this afternoon and stole Xanax after ducking out of Fair Lawn High School during lunch, police said.

Jared Conney, an 18-year-old senior from West Milford, climbed in through an unlocked window and swiped the pills, then “admitted to the burglary during questioning” after he tried tossing them across the FLHS gym floor when approached by School Resource Officer Mark Wyka and security staff around 12:30 p.m., Sgt. Brian Metzler said this afternoon.

The Burbank Street break-in occurred a block from the Berdan Avenue school, he said.

Cooney was charged with burglary and theft and released without bail — the same as on Nov. 18 of last year.

That day, Cooney admitted to Fair Lawn Detective Paul Donohue that he committed a string of burglaries in a three-hour span on Ryder Road, Warren Road, Southern Drive and East Amsterdam Avenue after “driving around the borough, looking for homes with no lights on and no vehicles in their driveways to enter so that he could obtain prescription medications,” Metzler said at the time.

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