BASKING RIDGE - January 9, 2017, two vehicles were burglarized while stationed at The Hills Highlands Village Center on Allen Road, per the Township of Bernards Police Department.

According to Lieutenant Detective Mark Leopold, a witness stated that a male dressed in all black, with a face covering, was crouching near the burglarized cars, 20 minutes before the crimes were committed.

Bernards Township PD reported that the violated vehicles included a 2014 Audi, owned by a Califon, NJ resident and a 2017 Acura, owned by a Bedminster, NJ resident. At the time of the crime, between the hours of 9:00 and 9:40 a.m., both cars were locked and the perpetrator gained access by shattering the windows.

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According to Bernards Township PD, possessions stolen from the vehicles included purses containing cash and credit cards.

Currently, the incidents are still under investigation, and per the Bernards Township Police Detective Bureau, several police agencies are working with them to decide whether the burglarized vehicles are connected to similar incidents in different jurisdictions.

The Bernards Township Police Department advised citizens not to leave any items of value in visible sight to the public, such as purses, in their car. Parking locations in proximity to fitness centers and public parks are regularly targeted due to the frequency of purses left inside.