SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Monday's foot pursuit of a buglary suspect by officers from the South Brunswick Police Department resulted in the arrest of 42 year old Christoph Drummond. Officers responded to a call at 10:59 a.m. from a sales person in a model home in East Meadows Estates. East Meadows Estates is a new housing development located off of Beekman Road.
According to details released by the South Brunswick Police Department in a Nixle advisory, the sales person was on the second floor of the home when she heard noises on the first floor followed by the sound of the garage door going up. After locking the home, the woman returned to her vehicle to telephone the police when she found her handbag gone.
Officers arrived on the scene, setting up a perimeter surrounding the development. Officer Greg Boldizar was arriving on the unfolding scene as he observed Drummond fleeing on Dickinson Road, which is located in the Timber Ponds development. Boldizar immediately begain pursuit as did other SBPD officers. Officers quickly cordoned off the neighborhood. Officer William Beard eventually apprehended Drummond in the backyard of a house on Country Woods Drive.
The Monroe resident was charged with burglary, theft and criminal trespass. Officers feel Drummond was in the neighborhood for several days prior to Monday's robbery.
“After we arrested him, we developed information indicating he may have been staying in the model homes for a few days," explained Detective Sergeant Michael Pellino. "People noticed unusual activity, but no one contacted the police. The unusual activity in the model homes matches up with incidents we had been following up on in nearby Timber Ponds development. We believe Drummond may be connected to other crimes and are asking for the public’s help.”
Anyone with information related to the Monday buglary or any prior incidents in the area are urged to contact the South Brunswick Detective Bureau at 732-329-4000 ext. 7496.
“This was a team effort over several blocks in some bitter cold conditions," said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. "All the officers did an excellent job arresting this suspect and putting an end to several ongoing cases."