BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Bernards Township police reported a possible house break-in and two reported thefts in the past week, including money and items taken from a local golfer's unlocked vehicle while he said he was out hitting balls at the township golf course, according to the latest police blotter.
Township police said they responded to a burglar alarm near the 50 block of Van Houlten Road at approximately 7:53 p.m. on Sept. 17. Upon arrival, the officers were checking the residence when they reportedly noticed a rear screen removed from a first floor rear window and the rear window broken.
Police said the officers checked the residence and nearby residences but the suspect(s) seem to have had left the area. Items removed from the residence are unknown at this time and a list is being compiled by the homeowner, according to police.
Township police also reported that a resident of the 40 block of Knollcroft Road called shortly before 5 p.m. on Sept. 18 to report that some cash and items had apparently been stolen from his unlocked vehicle some time between noon to 1 p.m. that day, while he was hitting golf balls at the practice range, the police report said.
The resident apparently had left their vehicle unlocked with their keys and wallet in the center console and, while hitting the golf balls, began receiving texts messages alerting them to fraudulent activity occurring on their credit cards, police said.
The texts prompted the resident to return to the vehicle and inspect it, where police said it was discovered that a suspect or suspects had taken approximately $80 to $200 dollars, a tennis bag and two Babolot tennis rackets, as well as a new folding golf cart, according to the report.
The golfer told police the total loss added up to approximately $750, according to police.
A riding lawn mower was reportedly taken from a shed located on property in the 10 block of Madisonville Road, according to a complaint filed with police at about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The resident at the property said the shed was burglarized and a 10-year-old Craftsman ride-on mower valued at approximately $500 was missing, the police report said.
The resident reportedly told police they had used the mower the day before to mow their lawn. There are no suspects at this time, police said.
Police also reported that at about 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 20, Officer Mulhall stopped a vehicle on Route 78 westbound for alleged serious motor vehicle violations, included traveling well below the speed limit. Upon stopping the vehicle, Mulhall learned that the driver was a juvenile from Reading, Pa. who was driving without a permit, police said While speaking with the juvenile driver, Mulhall asked if there was anything in the car that should not be there, the police report said. According to police the juvenile supposedly voluntarily told Officer Mulhall that he had a small amount of marijuana in his possession. A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 87.5 grams of marijuana was allegedly located, according to police The juvenile was processed, charged and released to his parent, the police report said.
Police also said they had received a call at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 that a homeowner's camera at the 100 block of Goltra Drive had captured a suspicious incident at about 4:30 p.m. that day involving an unidentified white male who walked up and proceeded to smoke a cigarette on the resident’s front porch. The unidentified male was wearing jeans and an orange shirt, police said. The unidentified male never knocked or rang the doorbell but was observed due to the motion sensor of the device, police said. Residents are asked to contact the police if they have concerns about strangers on their property so police can investigate and attempt to identify individuals.