Victim of attempted robbery in New Jersey left unable to call for help. Here’s why

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Police in Florham Park, New Jersey are warning residents about robbers who may be using Wi-Fi jammers to stop victims from using their phones to call for help.

Florham Park Police investigating attempted robbery involving Wi-Fi jammer

Police say around 11:30 a.m. Monday, a Florham Park resident was in his basement when he heard a loud noise coming from the ground floor. When he checked the video from his home surveillance cameras, he saw a stranger trying to enter his home.

According to police, the man’s camera system and his cell phone then lost service.

Police believe the suspect was using a Wi-Fi jammer — a device that’s about the size of a smartphone that makes signal-using devices useless.

Police say the suspect fled, and the victim, who was still unable to use his phone, ran outside and flagged down a pedestrian, who helped him call 911. Officers arrived quickly, but police say the suspect was already gone.

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