CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Borough Police are actively investigating a home invasion that occurred on the 100-block of Fairmount Avenue, near Watchung Avenue at 5:18 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
"We have confirmed that the home was occupied at the time of the burglary and that the resident encountered the intruder inside the home," according to the Chatham Borough Police.
The male resident was awake and heard movement in the house and confronted a male subject in his hallway. He yelled at the suspect who fled the house in an unknown direction. The point of entry is believed to be an unlocked rear door.
At this time, the suspect is described as a dark-skinned male, possibly black or Hispanic, with a slim build between 20 and 30 years of age, and standing approximately 6-feet tall. He was wearing a black skull cap and dark clothing. His hair was described as being flat, peeking out below his skull cap. During the encounter with the homeowner, no threats were made and no weapons were shown.
On Sept. 5 and 6, the Chatham Borough Police reported three burglaries that occurred in the overnight hours on Center Avenue, Washington Avenue and Weston Avenue. In two of those invasions, it was confirmed that the burglaries took place while residents were asleep in the home.
It should be noted that in all of the night time burglaries that recently occurred, the suspects entered the home through an unsecured window or door.
Also assisting in this investigation was the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and CIS Units, Chatham Township Police, Madison Police, Harding Police and Summit Police.
Homeowners should take steps to ensure that all doors and windows are secured especially before going to bed at night. As always, residents should call the Police Department at (973) 635-8000 immediately if they see or hear anything suspicious. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Chatham Borough Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 635-8553.
Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department