FLEMINGTON, NJ – There has been a rash of burglaries along Old York Road, which runs between Raritan and East Amwell townships, Hunterdon Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III said today in a press release.
The burglaries occurred over the last two weeks.
On Aug. 12 and Aug 16, six homes on Old York Road were burglarized.
“We believe that the suspects may be ringing the doorbell at homes prior to breaking in,” Kearns said in the statement. “Residents should be extra vigilant when their doorbell rings. The person at the door may have a planned excuse for being at the residence, whether looking for directions, soliciting work or just saying they must have the wrong house.”
Kearns suggests being prepared to call to 911 before answering the door. “It just may give patrol units those few extra moments of response time needed to intercept these suspects, he said. “If it just doesn’t seem right it may not be and having police check these subjects out may point law enforcement to the offenders.”
While the investigations into these crimes continue, the prosecutor asks everyone to be vigilant.
“Lock your doors and report to police any persons or vehicles that appear to be unfamiliar in their neighborhoods,” he said.
Kearns said vigilant neighbors have been responsible for multiple arrests in the past.
If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or any crime, call the local police department or the Major Crimes Unit of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s office at 908-788-1129.
The press release was issued by Kearns, his Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, Raritan Township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko, and State Police Kingwood Station Commander Roger Malone.