BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police said more than $20,000 worth of jewelry and cash was taken from a Chelsea Court home on Oct. 16, after one or more thieves gained access to the residence through a second floor window that apparently was not connected to a motion detector and alarm system.
Police said the reported burglary reportedly took place between 4:45 and 11 p.m. on that day, after which the resident reportedly arrived home and discovered all of the rooms on the second floor were in disarray. The resident then notified police that approximately $21,600 worth of jewelry and currency had been taken from the home, according to this week's police blotter.
Police officers responding to the call located the apparent point of entry as a second-floor window at the rear of the residence which had been left ajar and was used to gain access by the suspect(s), according to the police report.
A camera located in the rear of the property had been unplugged by the homeowner prior to the reported incident, police said. Police observed that the motion sensors installed on the first floor evidently had not been activated by the break-in. "Residents who have alarms should make sure the systems they have include all windows of their house, not just the first floor," police advised.
On Oct. 14, a resident of Smoke Rise Road notified police of the apparent theft of two packages with a combined approximate value of $108 had been apparently stolen from their home's front porch, the police report said.
Video surveillance from the home indicated a male, possibly driving a light blue Nissan vehicle parked in the resident’s driveway, exited the vehicle, and took the packages, according to the police report, Police advised that residents should be on the look out for suspicious vehicles in their area, and to ensure that packages left outdoors are promptly brought inside upon delivery.
Police also said that on Oct. 25, a resident of Church Street in Liberty Corner notified police regarding their $5 Biden/Harris election sign. Police said there are no suspects at this time.
Township Committee members ask residents to stop swiping campaign signs
At this week's Bernards Township Committee meeting, Mayor James Baldassare and Township Committeewoman Joan Harris called for an end to what has become the regular theft of signs supporting candidates for election and political causes.
Harris said that she is "asking again for people to stop taking political signs.
"We're better than that _ so knock it off," Baldassare added.
Also in this week's police report:
On Oct. 21, at approximately 3:24 p.m. officers Sgt. Kevin Little, Aboosamara, and Tim Polizzi were dispatched to the Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church at 45 Church Street in Liberty Corner following a report of a suspicious motor vehicle with reported drug use inside, police said.
Polizzi arrived on the scene first to discover three local youths in a Jeep, the report said, before he allegedly detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the police report.
While approaching the driver, Polizzi reportedly observed the driver making furtive movements under his seat and near the driver's side door. The officer reportedly ordered the driver to stop moving and to show his hands, but the driver allegedly did not comply.
The driver continued moving things around in the vehicle before allegedly telling the officer that he "may have a little bit of weed in the car," according to the police report. The officer allegedly spotted marijuana pieces on the driver's lap, and a large sum of cash in the vehicle, police said.
As he opened the driver's side door, the officer reportedly immediately recognized the butt end of a black 1911 style handgun allegedly sticking out of the driver’s side door sleeve, police said in the report. The youths were secured in handcuffs for safety and evidence was recovered, polcie said.
However, upon further inspection, the 1911 style metal/plastic handgun turned out to be a CO2 style airsoft gun to which the youth had removed the red/orange colored tip to make it look more authentic, police said. Criminal charges are pending at the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, according to the police report.
Police said that in today’s climate, parents who have youths that own such items should speak with their children to ensure that they do not remove the safety tip, and to not travel with items such as these in a car.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Oct. 24, Bernards Township officers Thomas Dill and Tim Polizzi reportedly observed a red Chevrolet Camaro with a Texas registration, and a brown Hyundai with a Louisiana registration parked at the Martinsville Exxon located at 545 Martinsville Road.
Police noted that the gas station had been the victim of theft of gas by three stolen cars which may have had out of state plates a few days prior, the police report said. The brown Hyundai had all the windows completely fogged, indicating occupants were inside, according to police.
The officers who observed the vehicle for more than twenty minutes, and approached the vehicle to check on the welfare of the occupants, the report said. The officers knocked on the windows of the car, and two occupants inside rolled down the driver’s side and passenger’s side window, police said.
At that point, the officers allegedly detected the smell of burnt marijuana and observed a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, police said.
While speaking to the occupants and obtaining identification, Polizzi also reportedly saw what appeared to be an assault rifle in the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle, the report said.
Polizzi allegedly removed the Rugar Assault Rifle, 5.56 caliber, from the vehicle which had the magazine in it and 15 5.56 rounds out of a maximum capacity of 45 rounds, the police report said.
A search of both vehicles was conducted after the officers requested and received a search warrant from a Superior Court Judge. Allegedly located inside the vehicles were various amounts of marijuana under 50 grams, drug paraphernalia, and other caliber bullets, according to the police report.
Rodney J. Turner, 21, and Danthony C. Smith, both of Ruston, La., were arrested with charges pending through the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, and were lodged at the Somerset County jail, according to the police report.