January 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that might lead to an arrest or indictment in connection with the New Year's Eve/Day burglary of a residence on Sterling Place in Scotch Plains.
According to Scotch Plains Police Capt. Brian Donnelly, at around 2 p.m. on Jan. 1, officers responded to the scene of the burglary. The incident likely took place sometime between 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2013 and the time at which it was reported on New Year's Day. The burglary victim, a senior citizen, came home to find that an unknown suspect or suspects had entered the residence and removed undetermined quantities of cash and jewelry, according to the investigation.
Most of the jewelry constituted family heirlooms with sentimental value to the victim.
The Scotch Plains Police Department is urging anyone who might have information about this incident to contact Det. Brian Hayeck at (908) 322-7100, Ext. 131. All calls will be kept confidential and any caller may remain anonymous.
Union County Crime Stoppers issued a statement that tips can be given anonymously by phone at (908) 654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” and a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.uctip.org.
The victim’s family is additionally offering an identical reward of their own, meaning there is, potentially up to $10,000 in reward money for anyone with information that leads to the solving of the case.