Four people are facing theft charges after being arrested by police. Law enforcement authorities believe that the suspects may have been involved in a number of residential burglaries in New Jersey.
Police say that whoever was responsible for the burglaries would gain access to the houses they intended to target by breaking a window located next to a door. In some case the door was not locked and they would walk right into the house. The thefts took place between the last week of December and the first week of February during daylight hours.
Items that were stolen included coins, jewelry, laptops, cash, small electronic devices and game consoles. Several offices worked together, including the Readington Township Police Department and the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Burglary Task Force. Police used eyewitness reports in an attempt to identify who the possible suspects might be.
Police allege that they had followed the suspects from the scene of one of the robberies. Authorities claim that the suspect then attempt to sell stolen good in Newark.
Police arrested all four people. The three men were charged with third degree burglary and third degree theft. The woman was charged with third degree receiving stolen property. After police searched the Mazda 3 pursuant to a search warrant, they found merchandise that was allegedly taken from the home that was supposedly just broken into. The three men were taken to jail and the woman was released on her recognizance.
Source: The Messenger Gazette, "Manville, Newark residents arrested after house burglary in Franklin Twp." Feb. 21, 2012