June 27, 2013 at 11:58 PM
MILLBURN, NJ - The reward being offered for the arrest of an intruder who beat a Millburn woman in her home last week has been increased. The reward now stands at $22,500, up from $5,000.
The new amount is the result of a contribution by State Sen. Richard Codey.
The reward is offered through Crimestoppers, a program run by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Armando Fontoura thanked Codey for his leadership, assistance and concern, according to spokesperson Kevin Lynch.
In related news, the Millburn Police Department has turned over the investigation to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Press agent Katherine Carter said Thursday the office has no information to release at this time.
Police are seeking a black male between the ages of 35 and 45 weighing about 210 lbs. The suspect stands about 6 feet tall and has a possible salt-and-pepper goatee.
The beating took place the morning of Friday, June 21, at a home on Cypress Street, according to police. The homeowner was watching TV with her daughter when a man broke into the home and began beating her. He then ran upstairs and rummaged through a bedroom. When he came back downstairs, he again beat the woman and threw her down the basement stairs.
The incident was caught on a nannycam installed in the home. The man took jewelry but no bulky items.
The woman suffered a concussion and several chipped teeth and needed stitches in her lip but had no broken bones.
Police launched a media blitz on Monday to spread the word on the suspect. All municipalities and counties in New Jersey were notified and federal agencies offered their support, according to Capt. Michael Palardy.