Toms River Police: Multiple Incidents of Burglary, Attempted Home Invasion and Alarm Call
Various incidents this week
Unrelated incidents involving alarm calls, suspicious persons and burglaries were reported this week in Toms River at various homes in town.
In one incident Monday, a Brookside Drive home was burglarized by a suspect who broke in through a front window, police said.
Officer Scott Duncan investigated a burglary in the 700 block of Brookside Drive that reportedly happened while the home was vacant between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday.
The suspect removed a 100 pound black safe from the home that contained jewelry and cash, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. He said an extra large t-shirt was left behind at the scene that did not belong to the victim.
Police have not released any suspect details. Detective Louis Santora is investigating. Anyone with information can call Santora at police headquarters at 732-349-0150 ext. 1276.
A Pheasant Hollow Lane home was the scene of an attempted burglary at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police responded to an alarm call at a home in the Pleasant Plains secton of Toms River at 11:30 a.m.
Mastronardy said an investigation by Officer Steve Austin determined that the rear slider door was shattered by an unknown suspect who apparently was scared off by the alarm before entry was made. No proceeds were taken.
This attempted home invasion is in addition to a report on Old Freehold Road Wednesday, where Toms River police received a call about a burglary in progress at 1 p.m. near Silverton Road.
Police are searching for a man who tried to break into an Old Freehold Road home's back door Wednesday afternoon. The man was confronted by a resident who hit him with a piece of wood before the suspect fled through backyards.
The suspect is described as a white man about 30 years old, wearing a black cap, orange t-shirt, sneakers and blue gym shorts with white piping.
In addition, a resident reported a suspicious person was approaching residences Monday morning. The resident of the Landings development called police after a man approached her home in the morning asking if she had a landscaper, police said.
Mastronardy said the woman became suspicious and called police. Mastronardy encouraged any residents who see suspicious activity should call police at 732-349-0150.