Police Investigating Rash Of Daytime Burglaries

All took place on Monday in different sections of the township, police chief says


Toms River police are urging residents to be vigilant and report suspicious behavior in the wake of five daytime burglaries on Monday

"The department is requesting any residents to be alert and call in any suspious activity such as people ringing doorbells, being dropped off in neighborhoods... to call (732) 349-0150," Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy said.

The incidents and the locations include:

James Street - A burglary took place at 11:30 a.m, when a black male, roughly 5 feet, five inches tall, with corn row-style hair, wearing dark pants and a green shirt tried to enter a home through a basement window window. The suspect removed several hand tools, including wrenches and ratchets from a car at the rear of the house before fleeing on foot. Officer Robert O'Neill is investigating.

Poplar Place - An unknown suspect or suspects entered an unlocked rear window between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and took about $200 in cash and about $6,000 in jewelry from a bedroom in the home. Officer Scott Duncan is investigating.

Broad Street- a burglary occurred sometime between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The resident reported that someone entered their unlocked front door and took $100 in cash and over 20 DVDs. Officer Frank Lauria is investigating.

Mapletree Road - A resident called police at 5 p.m. to report an unknown suspect or suspects had forced open his front door and removed a Casio watch from a bedroom.

Central Avenue - Someone entered a home through an unlocked front door and took two bicycles and a television. The television was removed from the living room, one bike from a bedroom and the other bike from the back of the house. Corporal Paul Burkhardt is investigating.

Also assisting in the multiple burglaries are Detectives Alex Scherer, Roger Hull, Brian Lomer, Louis Santora and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information can contact Captain Bruce Burgess at 349-0150 ext 1200.





Chief Wahoo September 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
bigger pensions are a must to stop this crime.....dont worry if the bigger pensions causes less police officers to be employed, bigger pensions and bigger pensions now is the answer to the crime wave that is spreading eveywhere......as Obama says Forward ......and as Christie says its a comeback ......dont worry, you are all in great hands !
Cardinal September 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
A record 600,000 public workers laid off in USA, the Wall Street Journal says if they were employed the unemployment rate would only be 7.1%.
WhyohWhy September 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Thats right, keep leaving your front & back doors and windows UNlocked so that its easier for the thieves to help themselves. No they have no right to trespass on your property BUT don't give them more reason to do it !
i don't get it?? September 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Honestly, its not all about the unemployed people, its about "people" that think they don't have to work, and are entitled to TAKE what's NOT THEIRS!!! To all of them, GO SCREW AND GET OFF THE CRACK AND GET A FREAKING JOB...and BTW, we are all watching out for you now.
Cardinal September 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
When Newark cracks down on gangs where do you think they go?
barbara September 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
scumbag low lifes,........sickening. people work hard for what they have. makes me sick.
WhyohWhy September 26, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Ironic your name is Tonto, matches the stupid remark you just made! Really? Because all the crime in Toms River is from people from Newark and the surrounding towns ? Toms River can't possibly have their OWN homegrown crimminals ?? And you probablly keep everything Unlocked too !
ryan September 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Law abiding citizens of Toms River better start fighting for out town before the scum drive us out of here and turn Toms River into Newark Ghetto South. Stay vigilant and form neighborhood watches and don't feel bad about calling in suspicious characters in your neighborhood. THIS IS OUR HOME AND WE NEED TO PREPARED TO FIGHT FOR IT!!!
Captain September 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
We have called on suspicious people and nothing every happened. Quite a few years ago we had a peeping tom & my husband found him before the police did.
RCL67 September 26, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Between the gangs and the drug use in Ocean county, the cops can only do so much. We need to look out for each other because this is getting worse each and every day!
Sue September 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Most burglaries happen in broad daylight, so we have to look out for each other -- as in a Neighborhood Watch. If a stranger rings your bell "looking for John" or looking for odd jobs, if there's a strange car parked on your block, if there's a stranger (usually a 20-something guy) in your neighbor's yard, call 732-349-0150. That's the police non-emergency number. The dispatcher will ask for a description of the person and/or the vehicle, and a police car will be on its way to check it out. 90% of Toms River crime is drug-related. Addicts burglarize to get stuff to sell to support their habits.
Eric Finch September 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The comments of this Patch have finally become parodies of themselves.
RayneL September 26, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Since most of these occurred in unlocked homes...when are people going to learn to lock up everything. Burglaries are becoming the norm. Lock up!
Rem September 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Getting tired of this. A message from the judicial system must let these people know that it is an automatic 6 month sentence no bail no good behavior and you work 10 hr days to pay off your time in jail. Second offense double it. With a weapon 10 years hard labor no early out. Lets get tough and end this Bullsh_t.
Rick Molinia September 27, 2012 at 03:36 AM
if u see something..say something.. the only problem with that is the "waste of time 4 police and embarrasement for us normal folks".... in 2005 i called 911 @ 945pm to let police know an elderly man was knocking on the front window of my neoghbors house across the street.. i watched it go on for a few mins.. he seemed to hide in bushes, knock, then hide again.. i was gonnna go strangle him cause i knew young children lived there.... Long story short- it was GRANDPA PLAYIN HIDE&SEEK with his GrandDaughters..... insert the LOL's...but the officer thanked me and agreed it was worth checking out..
chris Christie September 27, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I wish that someone would steal my television set, so I could get a new one. Who keeps 6,000 dollars worth of jewelry in their house anyway???
TRWatch September 27, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Everyone, Get together with your neighbors, buy a bunch of cheap webcams, install them on your houses, trees and telephone poles, blanket your neighborhood. Get some signs made saying your neighborhood is monitored by computer cams. If they think they are being watched, they will go to an easier target. For a couple of hundred bucks, you can cover your whole neighborhood.
Chu-Man-Fu September 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Get involved folks and don't be afraid to record the plate and a description of the suspicious vehicle. Call the PD non-emergency number as Sue suggested (911 is probably not necessary unless you actually see a burglary in progress). I did this the other day because of an unknown vehicle parked on the wrong side of the street in front of my neighbors' house. I reported the plate to the dispatcher who informed me that the car belonged to another neighbor and was probably broken down, which turned out to be the case. As the old saying goes An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". P.S. Before anybody calls me a nosey cry baby I didn't call because the car was simply parked on the wrong side of the street, I could care less about that. It was the overall scenario: Unknown vehicle, the way it was parked, where it was parked, the fact that my neighbor was not home at the time, and finally because of all of the burglaries in the area. Just one other point to ponder - I am not so naive as to think that neighbors don't steal from neighbors so at least by making the call it was logged and can be researched should anything turn up missing .......
Veronica Adamkiewicz September 27, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I have lived in Toms River my whole life. I grew up in this town and raised my children in this town. It very much saddens me what's happening here. The days of feeling safe are over. It's ridiculous that we can't even open our windows to enjoy the fresh autumn air without worrying about some young desperate person breaking into our houses, whether we're home or not apparently. I believe that most of these thieves are stealing to support a drug habit. I also believe if there were more jobs available for kids ages 16 - 22, maybe they wouldn't have gone bad in the first place. Seems due to the economy, all the jobs the younger people worked, are now being filled by adults having to work a 2 nd job to make ends meet, or adults are taking these jobs because they have lost their main source of income. Doesn't appear those things are going to change anytime soon. I fear the crime in this town is just going to continue to escalate. I think the police are doing a good job, they can't be everywhere all the time. I agree that we all need to keep an extra eye out on our own streets. Was a time everyone knew everyone around here. Now people don't even know their next door neighbors. Get to know your neighbors, and lets all look out for one and other. Its the only way we can keep the crime in our town from getting worse and worse.
Chu-Man-Fu September 27, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Well stated jerseygirl - unfortunately an awful lot of people are so wrapped up in themselves that they won't take the time to get to know, much less look out for each other. It seems the attitude is If it doesn't directly impact "me or mine" directly then it's not my problem. We all have neighbors we don't get along with or speak at length to, but resting on your laurels when you see suspicious behavior isn't the answer. Don't turn a blind eye !
Seriously? September 27, 2012 at 09:53 PM
You're an idiot. None of that has anything to do with stupid people leaving their doors and windows unlocked and thousands of dollars of cash and jewelry sitting around.
i don't get it?? September 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
@chu-man-fu & jerseygirl...you couldn't be more correct...nobody "likes" everyone, but turning a blind eye is not going to help ANYONE, and it could be you that someone doesn't like...
Chu-Man-Fu September 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Some good precautionary points made in an article on the Lacey patch this morning, it couldn't hurt to read and heed them.
Mike L September 28, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Your name says it all, he has no clue either. The price of gold is around seventeen hundred and fifty dollars an ounce, it doesn't take many years of gifts and self purchases to get to that. And a engagement ring isn't cheap either. Why do you think there are so many gold buyers in our area......it's easy money for the thieves. Go to the mall and see what real jewelery costs, not ones from the dollar store!
Mike L September 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Cudos for doing that, more people should take a lesson from you!!!!!
Rick Molinia September 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
i did have my window wide open during that toms river day with cool morning breeze last week.. enjoying my egg whites, and hopin a scumbag attempts to harm my family.. the camera set from costco (only $399) would show him being choked out.. if you can afford it, i highly suggest a multi-camera set up using DVR recording devices.. + but i highly suggest our local authorities host another evening filled with ideas to maintain a safe lifestyle here in ocean county .. especially the sad and vulnerable holiday city victims... @ the last event a local officer mentioned the 21yr old granddaughter posted on facebook about being on Vacation on a cruise ship with her grandmother.. this post led to scum evil criminals taking advantage of their family home... in 2012 its alot more than locking your front door.
mjmjr October 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM


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