Couple Tied Up as 3 Men Invade Home with Handguns

Police say alert neighbor freed couple, in Rivercrest Manor section of Toms River

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A Toms River couple was tied up by three men in ski masks armed with handguns who ransacked their Rivercrest Manor home before midnight, police said.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said a neighbor freed the husband and wife, victims of a home invasion robbery, after the neighbor became suspicious.

Mastronardy said three men, wearing ski masks and showing handguns, entered the rear of the home, rushed to the bedroom and awoke a 66-year-old husband and 56-year-old wife who were sleeping.

The couple was tied up for about 30 minutes, said the police chief, as the three armed men raided the home off Mapletree Road.

The men fled in two vehicles, a witness reported to police. The witness, Mastronardy said, was checking his mail from his mailbox at the end of his driveway and noticed suspicious activity and called police.

The neighbor then entered the home and found the two victims tied up, and freed them. Mastronardy said no injuries were reported and the couple refused medical attention. 

The police chief said a large amount of cash and jewelry was stolen.

No description of the three men or the two vehicles was immediately available.

Toms River Police Detectives Louis Santora and Roger Hull are investigating along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.  

Anyone with information can contact police headquarters at 732-349-0150 ext 1276.


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Robert Prol September 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Police are a passive form of defense in a home invasion. They can only write reports and investigate afterward. Get a gun, learn to use it.
Tim Tippett September 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6!!!
Tim Tippett September 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I agree!! and I also believe that if it was not for the Second Amendment we would have NO RIGHTS!! Some of my favorite's and I also believe in are: the Second Amendment IS my carry permit and it's better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
Tim Tippett September 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Tim Tippett September 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Get a home security sign and put it in your yard it's a good deterant you don't really need the system the sign in most cases move the perp to the next house. and yes I also have a system it's call Ruger. for the back of the house and S&W. for the front. " Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6".


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