CLIFFVIEW PILOT EXCLUSIVE: Store-bought materials similar to those used in both the firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home and an attempted arson at a Paramus synagogue were found outside another temple in Bergen County this week, raising the possibility that at least one other attack was planned, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Anthony M. Graziano
(MUGSHOT: Bergen County Prosecutor)
Authorities found the materials left outside the synagogue after questioning Anthony M. Graziano — but before K9 sweeps for “accelerants and flammables” began Wednesday afternoon — two sources with direct knowledge of the case told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
“He wasn’t always riding the bike with these devices,” one of them said. “He would hide [them] at the location and then go back later.”
A squad of specially trained dogs was dispatched Wednesday afternoon to search for accelerants within a 10-mile radius of Graziano’s home.
“It’s more a matter of putting everybody at ease than anything else,” although there remains an admittedly scant possibility that other “pre-deployed devices” might be found, one of the law enforcement sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The radius was chosen because Graziano doesn’t have a car. Authorities allege he made several trips to and from various targets on his bicycle.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli announced Wednesday afternoon that he requested the sweeps.
In turn, Bergen County Police Lt. James Giblin — who is heading the initiative — called on the sheriffs in Essex and Morris, as well as the state Fire Marshal, through the State Police “Detect and Render Safe Task Force,” to boost the ranks of his specially trained unit and assure in-depth searches.
The team headed by Giblin covered nearly half of 70 listed sites on Wednesday. The investigators were to resume today.
Molinelli said he went public with the information so that if people see the dogs and uniformed officers around, they’ll “be aware of [the] purpose and objective.”
Graziano remains held on $5 million bail in the Bergen County Jail on charges that include several counts of attempted murder following a brief court hearing Wednesday in Hackensack.
“Some good investigative work by the prosecutor’s office, local police, the FBI and the ATF may have prevented further damage — and possibly more serious injuries,” one of sources told
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:06 Jerry DeMarco
CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAD IT FIRST: Investigators have charged a 19-year-old loner eclipsed by the shadow of his military serviceman brother in connection with the Jan. 11 firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home and a Jan. 3 arson at a Paramus synagogue . Bail for Anthony Marco Graziano of Lodi is $5 million.
Rutherford rabbi turns firebomb into seeds of love
Saturday, 21 January 2012 19:10 Richard E. Schultz
AN OFFICER WRITES: The coward who firebombed the home of Rabbi Rosson Schuman and his family failed to produce the terror, silence or cries for vengeance that such incendiary devices are meant for. No. The hateful act offered the Rutherford rabbi an opportunity to deliver a message that is as important now as ever.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:07 Jerry DeMarco
CLIFFVIEW PILOT SCOOP: A massive search of a Lodi home last night led to the arrest of a suspect in the firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . One of the pieces of evidence: Orange Crush soda.
Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:28 Jerry DeMarco
CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli on Friday authorized the release of what were investigatory images obtained by CLIFFVIEW PILOT of a man buying hair spray, bottles, duct tape and other materials at the Wal-Mart on Route 46 in Saddle Brook that were used in the pre-dawn firebombing of a Rutherford rabbi’s home. There’s a reward for anyone who can lead authorities to him.
Friday, 13 January 2012 17:57 Jerry DeMarco
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County’s top public safety leaders each told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that u nprecedented 24-hour patrols of Bergen County’s religious and ethnic community facilities will continue for the indefinite future, amid a manhunt for whoever is responsible for throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Rutherford rabbi’s bedroom.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 11:26 Jerry DeMarco
EXCLUSIVE REPORT: The FBI has entered an investigation into a pair of what are now believed to be related attacks on Jewish temples in Bergen County, the most serious occurring early this morning when one of four or five Molotov cocktails crashed through the bedroom window of a rabbi who lives upstairs from his Rutherford synagogue with his wife and five children, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
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