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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.

bayway mike January 27, 2012 at 01:37 AM
It makes you wonder, how long was this loser in their house??
Sean Conneamhe January 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
"A sign of the future of Ocean County."
Oscar Wilde January 27, 2012 at 03:06 AM
dark skinned or black ?
Sick_of_itall January 27, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Dark skinned was just there "politically correct" wuss way of calling this boon something other than the POS he really is. To bad I didn't find him in my house would be one less "dark skinned" man on this planet
StayCalm January 27, 2012 at 07:59 AM
Sounds like a 'suspicious story' to me..... not sure I believe much about it.
Mrs. G. January 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Nothing surprises me any more. The homeowners feeling of security of simply being home is going to be challenged for a long while to come.I feel sorry for them.
joseph January 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Part of the responsibility a journalist has in his/her profession in the reporting of such crimes, is a duty to residents in providing the most information as possible so citizens can be alert and protect themselves and their neighborhoods from similar related crimes. Great reporting Catherine, but how about reporting how it was that the criminal broke into the house ie; forced door, 1st floor window, or perhaps a ladder?
rich January 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
It sounds like a story to me,first a dark skin man,Was he very tan or very black then he had on a hoodie what is that don't jewel thieves come dressed up anymore,A second floor entry while they were watching TV was the TV that loud as to cover up a second floor break in, and finally only 5000 in jewelry on Vincenzo I don't know I may be wrong but it sounds like a mortgage payment to me.
Anita Break January 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Sounds like an insurance scam to me.
StayCalm January 27, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Seriously, the more I read it, the more it sounds like a BS story. With so few details, it's always "fun" to play detective; so, let's do! Usually when you "confront" someone, it means to block their way, stop them, challenge them... but this robber supposedly "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". Now either they met on the stairs, or in the foyer? Which was it? Foyers are in the front of the house, the front entrance- why would he run out the back door if the front door was right there? Didn't want the man to grab him? Possibly. Didn't want to take the chance the door was locked, so he headed for the door he used to come in? Possibly. Why would the back door be unlocked -- but the front be locked? (no mention of the back door being 'broken into' so we have to assume it was unlocked, if not both doors being unlocked). Note; he knew his way around apparently (those homes are BIG), was it "an inside job"? Possibly. Did he empty out a jewelry box, a safe, what? Who leaves more than $5000 worth of jewelry just laying around for easy access? Ok, they could have expensive stuff and only a few pieces could add up to about 5k, but sounds like either an exaggerated estimate, or a nice, big, convenient amount missing. What made her go to her closet? Well, headlines say he was hiding in the closet, story itself says he was simply "in the bedroom". ?
StayCalm January 27, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Who knows... maybe the homeowners didn't want to say "Hispanic" because they weren't sure of it; or weren't sure if he was black or not. OR, that 'dark skinned' description could have been chosen by the residents to be vague- purposely. I find the whole story pretty 'wanky' myself.
Rachel Tomasi January 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Maybe she wanted her robe or slippers geez The dude who broke my husbands window and tried to pry his other door open first it was dark out n I could've say his skin color etc but I said he had on what I believed was a black hoodie so I'm hoping it's the same few scumbags doing most of this vs a major crime spree suddenly in TR. I say we let the detectives figure out if it's a scam and the rest. They're very good at what they do. When they came out the things they look for n followed really impressed me in that I would t have thought of it and they're thorough. I feel for how traumatized the ppl have gotta be, our incident was OUTside and I upped my security and was nervous.
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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