Dog, Homeowner Thwart Burglary Attempt

Man attempts break-in at Oak Ridge Parkway section

Toms River Police said an attempted burglary of a home Monday afternoon was unsuccessful, thanks to the presence of the resident and pet dog in the home.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said a white male, about 20 years old, was seen on Oak Leaf Lane in the Oak Ridge section of Toms River around 1:30 p.m. Monday, trying to pry open a front door.

The police chief said the presence of a resident and a dog inside the Oak Leaf Lane home apparently scared the suspect off. No proceeds were taken.

Mastronardy said police received a call of an attempted burglary and witnesses reported seeing the man dropped off and then picked up by an older white male driving a cream-colored luxury vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 years old, with a stocky build, wearing a light blue and white striped shirt and beige shorts, police said.

The investigation is ongoing. Sergeant Ted Grob, and Officers Witold Paduch and Paul Burkhardt are investigating.

Anyone with information can call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

Wolf August 22, 2012 at 01:50 AM
chris Christie August 22, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Welcome to the New Jersey comeback- it gets better everyday. Without jobs, people are forced to find other means of getting money.
Lisa August 22, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Nobody elses fault but his own. No one is forced to steal. Lots of assistance available for those who ask for it. Stop living beyond your means and don't steal. Its never acceptable and you can't pass the buck and blame anyone else.
. August 22, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I don't think this is people living beyond their means! Sounds more like drug related crimes to me.
Martin August 22, 2012 at 10:59 AM
90% of TR burglaries are to support drug addiction. The perps are usually 20-somethings who try to break when people are away in during daytime. That's why every area should have a Neighborhood Watch.
George M. Lobman August 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
The dog is still a good way to alarm the owners and probably is a more valued pet to many when these things happen. Someday soon someone will be shot and then it will be the homeowners fault. Not fair when things spirel like this. Lock up those presc. drugs and put them where the kids cannot experiment with them and maybe they stand a chance!
jason August 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
what scares me is my 17 and 18 year old daughters are home right now 10 am in my house sleeping! what if someone breaks in now? i guess i need to teach them how to use my guns ?
hgfhg August 22, 2012 at 01:35 PM
WhyohWhy August 22, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Jason... maybe you shouldn't announce that your daughters are home alone sleeping to the world. There are ways of people finding out who you where you live!!! Just saying...And I agree with Lisa, stop blaming everyone else. Its never been ok to steal whether the economy was good or bad.
JV8778 August 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Everyone should have a dog if possible. I have 3 a mastiff, pitbull and their son. They play in the yard with my 9yr old and her friends. Our neighborhood had multiple break ins last year and of course mine was passed and every other house with a dog. Except one family with a small dog. I've even walked my pitbull through my neighbors house when she came home to a garage door open that she knew she shut because our once safe neighborhood is becoming scared. Alot of rif raf weird guys on bikes with 6packs strapped to them and kids driving luxury cars with cars in and out of the neighborhood which is odd because its not a pass thru neighborhood its all cul de sacs. I've been here 10 yrs and have noticed a change. Stay safe everyone and get a dog maybe a larger breed to keep your small breed safe..how sad is that!
i don't get it?? August 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I love having my 2 big dogs!!! You'd have to be REALLY dumb to even consider breaking into my house!!! My dogs are Family pets, but we have them for a reason...BE AWARE of your surroundings, know who/what does or doesn't belong...its getting ugly in our quiet little neighborhoods...
Donna Griffin August 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
"Forced" to commit burglary?!?! That's an interesting take on this story. I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that most daytime, home burglaries are likely for the sole purpose of getting money for drugs or otherwise gang related. I don't see many refrigerators getting broken into because people are hungry or backyard vegetable gardens ravaged so that those "without jobs" have a means of feeding their kids. Poverty is no excuse for criminal behavior....EVER!!!!
Rem August 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Only a matter of time before one of these burglars enter but do not exit vertically. Sick of this crap, during broad daylight no less the nerve. I don't care what the their problem is they do not belong inside my house. The justice dept is so full they do not want them in jail and the bail money they post are profits from stolen merchandize . The courts are not helping us and the police dept is understaffed . So lets make it clear to them if you break into my home i am not responsible if you get hurt and i will post it in my front and back windows and doors. Enter at own risk.
Rachel Tomasi August 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I agree if someone breaks in you should be allowed to defend. However I also think if you have kids or maybe even if not bc the wrong person can get or steal it it should be locked up. So how would u get it fast enough? I think good old pepper spray and a bat (the knees suffice you don't need to bash brains in) should keep them down whiIe you await help from 911. I don't let my older kids stay alone right now unless unavoidable and then they hsve to hsve friends. I'd be a lousy target bc I'm so largely home bound for a number of reasons starting with my van needs so much work were chipping away at as we can but currently just tells ppl I'm home. But I'm glad it's in the drive way. I think more ppl should get involved n start watches but when possible any kind of motion activated devices such as lights, cameras etc should be used. Do they hsve motion sprinklers??? That's one non violent way lol
Rachel Tomasi August 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Sorry the first part about locking up n not getting to fast enough was re guns etc. it's sort of self explanatory ...n sorta not so I wanted to clarify.


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