FLORHAM PARK, NJ - The Police Chief from Florham Park has issued the following statement regarding nearby home invasions in Chatham:
Last week multiple home invasions occurred in Chatham where an unknown subject entered three homes while the residents were home and asleep. The unknown subject stole items and keys to a vehicle, which was also stolen.
Also last week, an unoccupied Florham Park residence was burglarized in the early morning hours resulting in an approximate $3,500 loss of valuables. Detectives and Patrol officers responded to the scene to investigate after being notified of the crime by a house sitter. Several independent witnesses, from the neighborhood, came forward during the investigation to provide information. Neighborhood residents observed a vehicle and a suspect around the victim’s residence at approximately 10:30pm. Additional neighborhood residents observed a second vehicle at the victim’s residence at approximately 3:00am. Both witnesses provided detailed information regarding the time of events and the vehicles they observed. Further investigation revealed the suspect is known to the victim and Detectives were able to corroborate the neighborhood witnesses’ accounts thus connecting the suspect to the scene of the crime through various investigative techniques.
Search warrants were obtained for the suspect’s residence and executed resulting in the arrest of the suspect for various crimes, including burglary and theft, as well as the recovery of the victim’s property. This investigation was an excellent example of the power residents serve as force multipliers for the police. The neighbors surrounding the victim’s residence provided key information to Detectives who were able to develop a suspect, corroborate information provided, and establish significant probable cause, as a result, enabling them the ability to obtain a search warrant which uncovered evidence that solved this investigation.
Sir Robert Peel, who is deemed “The Father of Modern Policing” established Sir Robert Peel’s 9 Principles of Policing, in the 1800’s. The 7th principle states “the police are the public and the public are the police.” In essence, the police and the community are one and must work seamlessly together in order to provide the highest quality of service to the community. This incident and subsequent investigation is a testament to Robert Peel’s centuries old principles in community policing and the power of positive police community relations.
This incident and the Chatham incidents should be stark reminders to all residents to ensure your homes and vehicles are secure at all times. If possible, outdoor lighting should remain on throughout the night and residents should always deem suspicious activity, persons and or vehicles in their neighborhood as relevant. Please contact the police immediately whenever suspicious activity is observed.
Thank you to the neighbors who assisted in the successful conclusion of this investigation and to all Borough residents for the role you play in helping our Department maintain public safety.
Chief of Police
September 16, 2020