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Residents Awoke to Find Home Burglarized, Window Pried Open

Jewelry stolen in incident on Fairacres Drive

Two residents awoke Sunday morning to realize a burglar had stolen jewelry from their bedroom as they slept, police said.

A Fairacres Drive home had a window in the garage portion of the house pried open sometime between 4 and 6 a.m. Sunday, said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The suspect then proceeded to the bedroom and removed jewelry, about $1,000 worth. Mastronardy said the residents were asleep at the time.

"Police investigation indicates a subject forced open a window in the garage area between 4 and 6 a.m. Sunday morning then removed jewelry from the home while the residents were sleeping," Mastronardy said in an email. "The victims awoke and realized someone entered their bedroom and removed about $1,000 in jewelry."

It is unknown how the suspect fled from the home, located off Bachelor Street and Grand Avenue in Toms River.

Toms River Police Officer Michael Gallipoli and Detective John Turner are continuing to investigate. Ocean County Sheriff’s department is assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information can call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

ray August 22, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Somebody's in for a suprise. I sleep with a gun under my pillow.
Frank James August 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Serious crime burglary situation in Toms River . Police chief doesn't think alarms are effective. Chief , Don't you think an alarm would have been helpful here when the window was pried open in the middle of the night ?
. August 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I agree with you that if an alarm would have gone off, it must likely would have scared the thieves away. I also think some motion detector lights outside are also a good deterrent against something like this happenind at night. Sometimes just seeing that sign for the alarm company in front of a house, makes them think twice about bothering.
Kit August 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM
That has nothing to do with the chief, that's the home owners decision.
George M. Lobman August 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Motion sensors on the darkest sides help a lot! a 160 lb. Great Dane who sleeps in the sun room on first floor is also a deterent but the armed resident on the second floor is the one to fear!!!
Mattie August 22, 2012 at 11:56 AM
sounds fishy
barbara August 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM
too many breakins lately, this is a serious problem.
Tracy August 22, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Over the past year of following Toms River Patch the amount of burglaries has increased tremendously. Can this have anything to do with the epidemic use of prescription drug abuse among teens and young adults in our area? Has anyone noticed the increase in Cash for Gold shops in Toms River. My understanding is that the town went from 7 or 8 shops to about 30. Easy source of revenue for addicts and entrepeneurs that get $20-$30 per pill on the street. How about the ER & Dr.'s that overprescribe or the pharmacies that fill multiple prescriptions of pain killers for the same person in a week. The police department is making arrests but the prosecutors office claims their hands are tied. So what is the answer? Pressure the prosecutors office, the attornehy general and the governors office to do something about this. Will NJ be the nex FL when it comes to the ease of getting prescription pain killers. Will politicians help or do the prescription drug companies hold the purse strings?
jason August 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM
much like ray , they break in my home Mr Baretta will be greeting them.New Jersey is a threshold state. once you cross my threshold you're getting 15 in your chest!!
American Eagle August 22, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The intruder or intruders must known the this people own a lot of jewelry .does sounds fishy.to me sound like some one they know.
ushouldbeashamed August 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The drug use is the main issue. They make it too easy to sell the jewelry or trade it for pills or heroin. Its scary and terribly sad.
take_the_power_back August 22, 2012 at 02:17 PM
To be fair, $1000 worth of jewelry is not much at all (gold is over $1600/ounce).
jeff August 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Jason be careful , New Jersey is also the lawsuit state. It's a shame when you have to worry about being sued to protect your family. THANK A LAWYER !!!!!!!!
DaveL August 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I was told that pawn stores in NJ only have to wait a week to hold merchandise until they can sell it. Other states like Nevada wait 60-90 days, which give police a chance to investigate and find the stolen merchandise. Again, not sure if the 1 week law in NJ is 100% accurate, but if it is we should mandate pawn shops wait at least 30 days.
JV8778 August 22, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree with Tracy I have noticed the same thing. It's all connected.
. August 22, 2012 at 08:14 PM
True, cash for gold was a booming business when gold was almost $2,000 per ounce a year ago, which caused stores to open everywhere. I know that I made a fair amount of money selling off my own gold that was either broken or I no longer wore. A tiny pin that was given to me by my company for an anniversary, brought in well over $100. I had two such pins and since I haven't had a raise in 3 years, I had no problem parting with them. There are some very reputable gold dealers in the area. Michele's in Brick is one of them. This business is not for thieves as every thing is secure and on camera. I am sure there are some others that could stand a closer look by authorities and not make it so easy for these thieves to unload their goods.
CHANGE_TR August 23, 2012 at 06:58 PM
TR Police can't handle whats taking place in this town. These cops are only useful for handing out petty moving violations and breaking up high school parties. Way in over their heads
George M. Lobman August 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Unfair attack on local police is not a way to make them stronger! They need the support of the people to be able to do anything. With the knowledge that we are behind them it will and sometimes is a mass firedrill to get away from blame. I for one hope they stay strong and enforce the laws and take the chance that will save my life or any member of my family that needs them. Let one cop fall to uncertainty about his actions because he fears the rath of the public and we all lose the protection we complain about!
Wolf August 28, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Toms River Police have a better handle on this then you realize. It has been NON STOP lately...give them a break. Put your anger where it belongs with the SCUM BAGS breaking into peoples HOMES!


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