STAFFORD - The Stafford Township Police Department reported two early morning thefts on Monday.

The Department reports that on Monday February 4, 2019 officers responded to two separate vehicle burglary theft incidents involving forced entry into locked vehicles.

The first incident was reported at Tilton Fitness, located on Route 9 in the Mayetta section of Stafford, after the victim returned to her vehicle and noticed the rear window had been smashed and her purse was missing.

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The second incident was reported a short time later at Retro Fitness on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin. This burglary involved similar circumstances, a  smashed rear window and the victim’s purse stolen from the vehicle. 

Both purses were taken from the rear seat areas of the vehicles. The incidents occurred between 6:00 and 8:00 a.m, involved the suspect s) breaking the passenger side rear windows, and reaching into the vehicles to remove the purses. 

The Department has recently been posting on social media that incidents like these have been on the rise throughout the area.

Residents are urged to conceal personal items out of plain sight. Store purses, briefcases, laptops, etc. under seats or in compartment areas of your vehicle.

If you can’t stow these items away, conceal them with clothing or blankets. Best practices are to remove them entirely and lock them in lockers at health clubs and fitness facilities. 

Anyone who might have information on these incidents is asked to contact Officer Russ Dunfee at rdunfee@staffordpolice.org or (609) 597-1189 ext. 8444.