A Toms River man and Ocean Gate woman were charged with an attempted burglary and more after a Jackson neighbor became suspicious of backyard activity, and police canines tracked them down, Jackson police said.
The neighbor, in the Leesville Road area of Jackson, called polie around 1:15 p.m. Sept. 11, reporting a suspicious person in the area, Jackson police said.
One man was in the backyard of a Leesville Road home, and the witness reported no one was home at the time, Jackson police said. The suspect was then observed walking into a wooded area behind the house.
Jackson police arrived and found pry marks and damage on multiple rear doors of the home, and believed an attempted burglary had just occurred. Additional officers obtained a description of the male suspect and began a search for him, Jackson police said.
Ocean County Sheriff's Department K-9 officers arrived to track the suspect and led police to a nearby neighborhood where the man was found talking to a resident in a driveway.
"The male was taken into custody in a nearby neighborhood after he was observed talking with another resident in a driveway. A K-9 track conducted by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department led from the scene of the attempted Burglary to the suspect's location," announced Jackson Police in a press release.
A Ocean Gate woman was also arrested, from a vehicle description given during the investigation; Jackson police said they located the female driving a short distance away.
Gary Hall, age 52, of Toms River, was charged with: Attempted Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Criminal Mischief. Bail was set at $35,000 and he was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
Geraldine Hall, age 50, last known address of Ocean Gate, NJ. Mrs. Hall was charged with: Attempted Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, and Hindering Apprehension for initially providing officers with a false name. Bail was set at $35,000 and she was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail.