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Police: Two Friday Afternoon Burglaries Related

Suspects broke in to homes to find jewelry, valuables

Toms River Police believe two burglaries Friday are related, as suspects broke into two homes, stealing jewelry from bedrooms there.

One burglary occurred sometime 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Terrace Avenue, the residential road that runs behind the Kmart plaza on Route 37, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

Officer Gary Flynn responded to the burglary, where suspects entered a rear window and removed jewelry from the bedrooms, then left through a side door, Mastronardy said. Investigating are Officer Thomas Dimichele and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

A second burglary occurred sometime between noon and 2 p.m. Friday less than 2 miles away, in a residence on Juniper Court, off Route 166, the police chief said.  A suspect kicked in the back door, and removed two jewelry boxes and about $2,000 in jewelry from bedrooms.  Investigating are Officer Peter Saker, Detective John Bajcic and Detective Erin Krause of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department. 

At this time police believe these burglaries are related and urged residents who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in these areas to call 732-349-0150.

This week, at least seven burglaries were reported in Toms River, and one attempted armed robbery, police have announced. In one case, afternoon are being investigated, including a burglary at the police chief's home. An arrest of was made Wednesday. An at night of a woman outside a Fischer Boulevard bank this week remains under investigation.

 

. April 16, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I had hoped that with the other two getting caught the other night that we might now hear of this so often, but I guess that was too much wishful thinking on my part.
DOLORES April 16, 2011 at 02:41 PM
IT'S GETTING SO YOU CAN'T LEAVE YOUR HOME I HAVE A PET AND AM SCARED IF SOMEONE BREAKS IN THEY WILL HURT HIM, SOMETHING REALLY HAS TO BE DONE . I ALSO HAVE AN ALARM SYSTEM , BUT STILL AFRAID. DAD 10.36 SAT 16 2011
barbara April 16, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Maybe this was a "safe" area 30 years ago, but get real! Crimes like this will happen when the population increases, especially when other areas of the state have become too expensive for the average person to afford. More people, less jobs, high prices = more crime. Great job Patch for alerting us to all this. It's important to know what's happening where we live.
TomK April 17, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Not trying to sugarcoat anything as all crime is scary - but you have to remember that 30 years ago, we were far from the "information" age. Stuff like random burglaries probably weren't reported nearly as much as they are now. I think it is a good thing that we are more informed nowadays...if you live near the neighborhood, it allows you to be a bit more cautious - even if you live away from the neighborhood, it does raise your alert level knowing it is happening somewhere in town. But does it really "scare" me? Not really - you can't live life in fear that someone is going to break in, or that a bolt of lightning will hit your house.

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