GLEN ROCK, NJ - A burglar may have been lucky, or even worse, may have been casing the area on Ashton Place where an unsuspecting teen failed to lock a door during the 40 minutes he stepped out.

On May 4, just before 10 p.m., a Ashton Place resident's son told police he and his friends had left the house around 9 p.m. leaving the rear door to the home unlocked.  

Upon returning about 40 minutes later, the youth noticed that a light in the master bedroom was turned on, which he found unusual as his mother was not home, police reported. He went to the bedroom and discovered his mother’s jewelry box had been "rifled though and thrown on the bed." He left the house and went to a neighbor’s home where he contacted this mother and the police.  

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A preliminary investigation by responding officers found that nothing else in the home had been disturbed.  The scene was processed by detectives and Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Investigations Crime Scene Unit.  

Anyone who may have witnessed anything out of the ordinary in the area of Ashton Place is asked to contact D/Sgt. James Calaski at (201) 670-3948 or