Church Road Woman Arrives Home To Find Burglary In Progress

Resident arrives home, sees strange car and finds front door forced in

A woman in the 1800 block of Church Road arrived home to find an unknown vehicle in her driveway, and after beeping the car horn several times, approached to her house to find the front door forced in and a burglary in progress

“Officers Jason Stallworth and Frank Moschella are investigating a burglary to a residence on Church Road that occurred just before 2 p.m. on Friday,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. 

The chief described that a 67 year-old woman came home and discovered a car in her driveway that she didn’t recognize. The female resident honked the horn on her car numerous times before exiting her car, and upon entering the home, realized the front door was forced open and a light was turned on in her bedroom.

“At that point she observed the suspect vehicle, a dark grey Chrysler Sebring convertible, exit her driveway and travel west on Church Road. The suspects stole about $400 in jewelry, including rosary beads, pearl earrings and a lady’s watch.  The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation,” the chief said.

Anyone with information on this incident may contact Detective Captain Bruce Burgess at 732-349-0150, ext 1200.

Additionally, Officer Ryan Quinn is investigating the theft of numerous items from an unlocked vehicle at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon near Route 37.

“Security cameras showed a white male about 40 years old, wearing an old orange shirt and tan shorts, entering a van and removing two pairs of glasses and a cell phone, before exiting and walking to the rear of Jersey Coast Appliance on Route 37.”

Toms River Department Officers Carl Basile and Frank Palino responded to a report of a suspicious white male, about six feet tall with dark hair and appearing to be about 30 years old, wearing a dark blue button-up shirt and khaki pants. The man in question walked up to a vacant house with an empty box on Charlene Road at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

“A neighbor confronted the man, who then entered a blue Acura with unknown temporary tags, and fled westbound on Lakehurst Road. The neighbor believed he stopped the suspect before he entered the vacant home,” said Mastronardy.

Further, the Toms River Police Department are looking to identify two black males in a 2-door grey Chevrolet Cavalier, who were observed parked near a landscaper trailer at the Bey Lea Village apartment complex.

“A worker for Hudson Landscaping reported that while working at the complex, three redmax blowers were removed from a landscaping trailer, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. on Friday. Officer Travis Seaman is investigating, and anyone with information can contact Detective Captain Bruce Burgess at 732-349-0150, ext. 1200,” the chief explained.

. June 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
It isn't just Toms River. It is everywhere. Watch the news, read the papers. It happens all over.
proudnot2bliberal June 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
OK this is just me but instead of her blowing the horn & letting them know she was home, how about going to a neighbors & calling the PD if she didnt have a cell phone herself. Maybe the scum could have been caught instead of going on to victimize someone else doing who knows what to the next person?
barbara June 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
i agree, by blowing the horn she gave him the time to get out and also, wonder why she did not write down the license plate. If i came home to a strange car in my driveway no way would i go in the house. I would have called 911 and got the plate number. Glad she was not assualted.
Janet June 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I would have done all of the above and perhaps even pulled behind the mystery car in the driveway???
Rachel Tomasi June 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
But when in shock who does everything perfectly? Also I don't think it wise to block a suspects car in unless you're agile n able to outrun or hide in time. She couldve done that and recieved a bullet for her troubles who knows? I'm sure she has the most interest in not letting her things be stolen but hindsight us what it is.


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