Thursday, May 23, 2013
Montville Township bust could lead to charges from police departments in East Hanover, Boonton Township, Harding, Chester Township and Wayne, authorities say.
Montville police say the arrests of three people in connection with an alleged burglary at Condurso's Garden Center in the township could help solve thefts from other garden centers and floral shops in Morris and Passaic counties. After a burglar alarm was triggered at Condurso's around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Montville Ptl. Robert Koetzner pulled over a woman who was driving on side streets away from the area of the garden center and farm market. The driver, Natalie Johnson, a 27-year-old whose last known address was in Morristown, and two passengers, who police say were sitting low in the car—Eric Allred, a 25-year-old Morristown resident, and Michael Blackman, a 19-year-old Randolph resident—were arrested in connection with the incident at…
Monday, February 18, 2013
North Bergen man turned over to Morris County Jail on burglary, theft charges.
Joel Batista, 30, of North Bergen, was charged with burglary and theft Friday, after Montville police found him on Pine Brook Road while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle and an attempted burglary in the neighborhood, police said. Police were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle with two men in it parked on Pine Brook Road late Friday afternoon, when reports of an attempted break-in, as well as a confirmed burglary on Horseneck Road, were also received. Police said Batista was found on Pine Brook Road, in an area where they also discovered a house with a damaged front door, which appeared to have been partially pushed in. Further investigation located the vehicle, with a second man waiting in it, who was taken into …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Police said cash was stolen after office window was broken.
Montville Township police are investigating an apparent burglary in which cash was stolen from the Green Clean car wash in Pine Brook on Sunday. The business was broken into by pushing an air conditioning unit through an office window, Capt. Rudy Appelmann said. Appelmann said the business owners realized the money, of which the amount was not known, was stolen around 8 a.m. The alleged burglary occurred some time overnight between when the business closed and when the owners arrived on Jan. 27. While the owners reported cash stolen, Appelmann said other valuable items went undisturbed, including a Blackberry cell phone and boombox. "They took an undetermined amount of cash and nothing else," Appelmann said. The owners of the car wash use …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Resident said he returned home to find a flat screen television, other items taken.
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Wednesday, January 23
Police are investigating a reported home burglary in which $1,000 worth of items, including a flat screen television, were apparently stolen from a Lincoln Park home on Tuesday. The alleged burglary took place at a Minnehaha Path residence. The street is about four miles from Towaco, according to Mapquest. The homeowner reported that after returning home around 8 p.m., he realized his home had been burglarized, Lincoln Park police said. Police said the owner had been out of the house from about 8 a.m. It appeared as though a person or multiple people had entered the home by breaking a rear window, police said. Anyone with information should contact the Lincoln Park Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-694-5533.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Police said door appeared to be forced open.
Several pieces of costume jewelry were taken from a Pine Brook home in an apparent burglary on Dec. 24, police said. Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said the owner of the Maple Avenue home reported the burglary around 5 p.m. The value of the costume jewelry was unknown, although Appelmann said no other items of value appeared to have been taken from the home. Appelmann said an inside garage door appeared to be forced open at the house, although both overhead garage doors were closed. Police also found a rear door of the home that owners had kept locked was open. The bedroom closets and dressers appeared to have been entered and gone through, Appelmann said. Appelman said the investigation of the burglary is ongoing. Anyone …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Police said man ran outside Hook Mountain Road home when he heard resident's voice.
Montville Township Police are still investigating what they described as a possible attempted burglary at a Hook Mountain Road residence Tuesday. Police responded to a 911 call by the female resident of the home at about 9:10 a.m. The resident said she was home alone when she thought she heard her husband, who comes in and out of the house throughout the day, enter from the lower level of the home. The woman yelled to who she believed to be her husband from the upper level of the home and looked through the doorway to the lower level and saw a man who was not her husband running toward a doorway, police said. Police said the resident saw the man run out the back door and called police. The man was described to be a light-skinned Hispanic …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Multiple car burglaries reported at Rachel Gardens apartment complex.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Montville Township police are investigating a series of reported car burglaries in the Rachel Gardens apartment complex, in Pine Brook. Police said four cars were reportedly burglarized between July 10 and July 11. All of the vehicles were unlocked and several items, from purses to GPS units, were reported stolen, police said. Police are also investigating an attempted burglary at the L.L. Services gas station on Route 46 that was reported to have occurred overnight on July 18 into July 19. No items were stolen from the business, but police believe at least one actor attempting to burglarize the business was injured at the scene. A glass window was damaged where police believe the injured actor or actors had attempted to gain entry. Anyone…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Items were stolen from the house Monday evening, police said.
The front door of a Lorraine Drive home was forced through some time Monday evening and items were stolen from the house, authorities said. The burglary occurred between 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. when the residents weren't home, police said. Anyone who might have seen anything suspicious can call Montville police at 973-257-4300. This is the eighth home burglary Montville police have reported in the township since New Year's Eve. Police say unlit houses seem to be targeted in the evening and, in most cases, doors are forced in and cash and jewelry are searched for in master bedrooms. In a police alert about the Monday incident, authorities said residents should remember to leave lights on inside and outside when they leave. Montville Police …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Seven break-ins reported in Montville Township since New Year's Eve.
Unlit homes appear to be the prime targets in a rash of seven break-ins reported in the township since New Year's Eve, with the most recent burglary reported Wednesday evening, police said. Capt. Edward Rosellini said dark houses appear to be targeted in the evening. In most cases, front or rear doors are forced in and cash and jewelry are searched for in master bedrooms, police said. Rosellini said residents should call in any suspicious activity right away, such as if their doorbells ring and nobody is at the door, or if someone is seen sitting in a car. Police advise keeping doors and windows locked, and making homes look occupied, such as by setting lights to timers. Newspapers and garbage cans left in driveways can tip off which homes…
A burglary occurred Wednesday evening off Changebridge Road, Montville Township police said.
Someone saw a suspicious vehicle near where a burglarly was reported Wednesday evening at a home off Changebridge Road, Montville police said. The burglary occurred between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the intersection of Avalon Drive and Changebridge Road, according to a police alert. Police said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area prior to the incident. Additional information about the burglary and the vehicle weren't immediately available. Police said residents should immediately call police if they see a suspicious vehicle and record the license plate number if possible. They also said residents should make their homes look occupied and lock windows and doors. The Montville Township Police Department can be reached at 973…