EDISON, NJ – Edison Township Police are seeking the publics help in identifying and locating the suspect involved with a burglary that occurred at the Edison VFW Memorial Post 3117 on March 26.
According to the police report obtained by TAPinto South Plainfield, officers state the suspect broke into an ATM and a ‘pull tabs’ lottery machine, stealing $1,100 and $30 worth of ‘pull tabs.’ Closed-circuit footage from a local patron’s cell phone shows a lighter skin male wearing a white hoodie spray-painting and tilting the establishment’s security camera at approximately 1:58 a.m.
“We need the public’s help to identify this suspect so that they can be caught and held accountable,” said South Plainfield resident Joe DiFrancesco, Jr. whose company owns and operates the ATM at the location.
The report states that a representative of the National Road VFW contacted police at approximately 10:40 a.m. and, upon arrival, the responding officer was led to the bar area where the broken ATM and lottery machine were located. According to police, the security camera in the bar area had been painted black and a paint can was found in a garbage pail next to a pool table. Officers also found a four-foot hole in a hallway wall; the hole led to the storage room where police discovered a crowbar believed to have been used in burglary.
The storage room, according to the police report, featured a second door that led into the neighboring tenant’s garage space. The VFW representative stated that the door was locked at the time of the break-in and that the key, which typically hangs on either the doorframe or in the lock, was missing. The officer then proceeded through the door into the tenant’s area and found no signs of forced entry or unlocked doors. Further investigation at the site uncovered what appeared to be pry marks on the doorframe leading into an office. Drawers and paperwork on the table also appeared to have been rummaged through.
That same day, police met with the neighboring tenant and a walk through was conducted; according to the police report, there were no signs of forced entry and the tenant was unsure if anything was stolen.
“This wasn’t an amateur. This burglar knew where the cameras were and blacked them out. He busted through a wall in the tenant’s space to get in. They totally destroyed the ATM machine,” said DiFrancesco. “It had to be someone who knew the place or who had a key.”
The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information can contact Edison Township Police at (732) 248-7400.
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