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Cops: Seaside Heights Man Stole Car From Route 37 …

String of Weekend Robberies Reported

Car briefly stolen while several others robbed; one home burglarized

Township police are investigating several thefts, including a home invasion burglary, that occurred over the weekend, according to Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

In the Pelican Island section of town, a suspect broke into a home and stole a 40-inch flat screen television, Mastronardy said.

And in separate incidents across town, two suspects reportedly stole sets of car keys from the front desks of different health clubs. Items were taken from cars, and one suspect stole, but later abandoned, a 2008 Ford Fusion, Mastronardy said.

Police also report that suspects continue to attempt stealing items from unlocked cars across town, and urge residents to remember to lock their cars overnight, Mastronardy said.

An unknown suspect on Friday forced open the front door of a residence on Sunset Drive and stole a Samsung 40-inch LCD television, Mastronardy said. Officer Greg Errion is investigating the burglary, which took place between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mastronardy said.

Police are also looking for a white male, approximately 20 years old, who apparently removed car keys from the reception desk area of the Retro Fitness on Route 37, then stole items from two cars in the parking lot before taking the Ford Fusion, Mastronardy said.

Hours later, police found the vehicle abandoned on Burermann Avenue in the Gilford Park section of town after neighbors reported a suspicious car, Mastronardy said.

The suspect was last seen on Saturday afternoon wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, light color shirt and blue pants and sneakers, Mastronardy said.

Officer Terry Warren is investigating the incident, Mastronardy said.

Later that Saturday, a white male in his 30s with a thin build is believed to have stolen keys from the front desk area of Planet Fitness on Fischer Boulevard, Mastronardy said.

Police investigated the scene and determined the suspect did not attempt to enter any vehicles or steal any items, Mastronardy said.

The suspect was last seen Saturday at 6 p.m. riding a bike in the parking lot wearing a white t-shirt and beige shorts.

On Sunday morning, a GPS navigation device was taken from an unlocked car on Shore Boulevard, Mastronardy said.

That afternoon, a resident from Fairway Drive reported observing suspects in dark clothing running from her driveway at 4:30 a.m. after her security lights activated, Mastronardy said.

Mastronardy said police are urging residents to call when they observe suspicious activity such as security lights activating or dogs barking during the early morning hours.  

1stcav September 19, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Taken the dust off "Old Bettsie" , time to once again , use force to protect my things , like I had to do in the 60's in Essex County ....on Springfield Ave in Newark/Irvington boarderline....Went to range to zero in, still fires accurate...good luck on runnig fast from my house , you ain't out runnig Old Bettsie...
piney 53 November 28, 2011 at 04:29 AM
My neighbor's home was broken into in the Windsor Park area this past week. Broke in, did not get anything, we think. It is a summer home. LOCK UP, WATCH YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

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