MORRISTOWN, NJ - The burglary incident that occurred Saturday in Morris Township has prompted Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty to issue a statement.

According to police, the suspect has been described by the resident of the home as a black male, approximately 5’ 6” to 5’ 8”,  believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s and wearing dark clothes and a hooded sweatshirt.

"It is important that our residents stay informed on the matter", wrote Dougherty in a statement.

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"I strongly advise that residents of Morristown, Morris Township, and surrounding municipalities take extra steps in keeping their property safe by ensuring that their cars and homes are locked", said Dougherty.

"Additionally, I want to firmly encourage our residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity immediately by calling Morristown Police at (973)-538-2200 or if you feel it is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Residents also may report information to the Morris County Sheriff’s CrimeStoppers Program at, 973-COP-CALL, or by using the free “P3 Tips” app on any mobile device. Callers will remain completely anonymous", he said.  

Dougherty is reminding residents that this is an active and ongoing investigation, and that there will be an influx of law enforcement agencies and officers in the immediate area, including the Morristown Police Department, Morris Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

It is important that we work together to assist in any way possible", Dougherty continued. "I have the utmost confidence in our local law enforcement and I want thank them for their tireless efforts to keep our community safe".

Additional information on the investigation will be released once it becomes available.