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Gardens of Pleasant Plains, Lake Ridge Communities Hit by Burglaries

Toms River senior communities see incidents with forcible entry into homes

The Gardens of Pleasant Plains senior community was hit by two burglaries overnight into Thursday, police said.

In the two incidents, neighboring homes were forcibly entered around 1 a.m. The first home was vacant, but the second home was burglarized while a 71 year-old woman was asleep inside, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

"A 71 year-old woman awoke to a noise at 1 a.m. and discovered that a unknown suspect forcibly entered the rear of the home on Fox Glove Run," Mastronardy said in an email.

The resident was not injured. She called police, who arrived to find the home next door was also burglarized, said the police chief.

The vacant home was burglarized first. From the occupied home, the burglar took a beige purse, a Samsung Galaxy cell phone and more than $200 in cash, Mastronardy said.

Police have not said what proceeds were taken from the first home or if a description of the suspect is available.

Toms River Officer Adam Worth and Detectives Glen Lucas and Chris Fluck are investigating and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is assisting. Anyone with information can contact Toms River Police Headquarters at 732-349-0150 ext. 1217.

 Mastronardy said an earlier incident occurred in another senior community in Toms River, but is unrelated.

In Lake Ridge Saturday, a Blissfield Drive home was burglarized between 5 and 5:30 p.m., he said.

Lake Rige is a gated community, and the resident was gone for a brief period of time, Mastronardy said.

Police believe the suspect forcibly entered a front window, ransacked an office and bedroom, removed $100 in cash from a desk and then left.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Tom Dimichele at 732-349-0150 ext. 1333.

jeff October 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Hope the scum gets a bullet in the head.
Smot Revir October 25, 2012 at 06:58 PM
@ jeff....YOU ARE A FOOL !
barbara October 25, 2012 at 08:34 PM
dirtbag.....preying on the ellderly or anyone else is so low. hope they find him. but then, of course, there will be others.
1stcav October 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Trust me, there IS nothing in my house WORTH dying for my .357 will meet you & beat you !!!!!
jeff October 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Yes I was a fool once when I was beaten in my own home because I though the scum dirt bag robber wasn't going to hurt me. Bullet in the head , end of story.
bayway mike October 25, 2012 at 10:36 PM
YUP!!!
dainty October 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Really need security in these areas. Too much a target. Security will a nice old sheppard! Times so bad, even folks who don't normally steal, seem to be at it*
Gino De Lucia October 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
They also tried to break into my brother's house too; he lives right off of Foxglove and upon leaving his house this morning, he discovered that a screen had been cut & removed from its window when he found it lying on the ground. Police are on the way to his house right now!
Rem October 26, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I think the judges and the public defenders should take some of these good people they put back on the street to victimize the citizens of toms river and let them live with them for a while. Or better yet lets go back to the old days. When we had problems the calling card would read as follows { Have gun will travel }
BellaRox October 26, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Bullet!
KingNeptune October 26, 2012 at 06:46 AM
So much for the security of a gated community
fed up October 26, 2012 at 03:19 PM
cant wait to hear the first report of a home owner protecting his home and family. maybe that will make some of these scumbags think twice. 12 gauge double 00. buckshot center mass. game over motherf@#%er!!!!!!
momof4boys October 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
You don't know what you are even talking about. Gardens of Pleasant Plains IS NOT a gated community. Think before you write
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
momof4boys, I assume he meant the other burglary, Lake Ridge.

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