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Man Hides in Closet After Jewelry Theft, Is Confronted by Residents

Police looking for suspect in Vincenzo Drive burglary last night

A Vincenzo Drive home was burglarized while the residents watched television, but when the female resident went upstairs, she found a man hiding in her closet, police said.

The man was confronted by the male resident, but ultimately made off with more than $5,000 in jewelry, said Chief Michael Mastronardy.

"The suspect is described as being a dark skinned male about 5' 10" with a thin build, wearing a black hoodie pulled tight over his face," said the police chief in the police report. The man was also wearing blue jeans.

The burglary and theft occurred just before midnight on Wednesday, in the residential street of Vincenzo Drive, off of Old Freehold Road near Whitty in the North Dover section of Toms River.

A 52 year-old woman went upstairs to her bedroom and found a man hiding inside, said Mastronardy.

"The woman screamed and the suspect fled past her down a flight of stairs past her husband who had confronted the man in a foyer before the suspect ran out the back of the home," he said.

Neither resident was injured. The suspect removed more than $5,000 of jewelry from the home, while the residents were watching television in the living room, said the police chief.

Toms River Police Officers Kyle Martucci, Jason Putkowski and Detectives Louis Santora and John Bajcic are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

Rachel Tomasi January 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Should read couldNT say what color skin etc Also $5 k in jewelry of quality can b I e earring. I'm not familiar with the neighborhood but can tell you if someone is a collector even keeping most things in the bank it wouldn't b hard to have something there worth that. It could even have been a wedding ring or watch and they dont report exact details like that. But that amt is not far fetched.
Marres January 28, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Hopefully TR police can get a handle on all of this crime. People need to be more vigilant in locking doors and windows plus securing ways of entry that are not up to snuff. Its a shame to have to live like this but it is the world we live in now. It is disheartening.
timgabriel February 07, 2012 at 03:00 AM
insurance scam ? are you that ignorant ? no one from vincenzo drive will ever need to do a scam as someone in your level might do .
Reinholder March 08, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Those are gorgeous homes in a million dollar neighborhood. I doubt very highly that anyone living there is in need of a few thousand dollars in insurance money. How completely ignorant of someone to even suggest it. Complete stupidity to believe that, get real and research the facts on that beautiful street with those lovely homes before jumping to conclusions that would probably be indicative of your own lifestyle.
Mike January 24, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Get it right. My family lives off Vincenzo and our next door neighbor's was trashed by robbers because they had their alarms off. My family had robbers scared off because they broke a window and set off the alarms. Just because the home is big and beautiful doesn't mean the people aren't drowning in a mortgage, et cetera. It's so easy to feel bad for the poor but if the rich get hurt, F 'em!

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