Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Break-ins reportedly took place in same time frame in two homes in neighborhood by train station off West Oak Street.
Township Police are investigating and also comparing notes with other law enforcement agencies regarding two reported burglaries of homes within the same time frame in a northern Basking Ridge neighborhood bounded by West Oak Street and North Finley Avenue, said Sgt. Mike Voorhees. According to Bernards police records, someone forced into a home on Lee Place near the railroad tracks at some time between 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. The homeowner discovered the break-in upon returning home, and notified police. An undetermined amount of cash and jewelry appears to have been taken from a bedroom, Voorhees. Meanwhile, it appears that a potential thief or thieves may have left empty-handed after breaking into an unoccupied home on nearby Allen…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Reputed James Bond Gang members caught after alleged Connecticut burglary, Morris County incidents still under investigation, prosecutor says.
A team of investigators arrested five members of a burglary crew suspected of targeting high-end homes across North Jersey, including in Morris and Somerset counties, just as the thieves were trying to crack open a stolen safe at a Bergen County garage late Thursday, authorities said. Five Englewood men were charged after investigators learned they had burglarized a home in a wealthy section of Greenwich, Conn., the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday. Items taken from the home, including the safe, were seized in the bust, along with burglary tools. Several of the men have lengthy criminal histories, some with links to the James Bond Gang, a high-end burglary syndicate rooted in Teaneck and Englewood. "I have taken the …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Masked thieves continue to target wealthy neighborhoods, use electronics to avoid detection.
A sophisticated gang of thieves are continuing to carefully select unoccupied homes in wealthy neighborhoods and plot quick escape routes often to the nearest highway, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said. According to a statement released Friday by Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi, the crew has targeted high-end homes in quiet neighborhoods, often on a cul-de-sac and along the interstate corridors for a quick getaway. The crew, which has been compared to the infamous James Bond Gang, has used luxury rental vehicles to blend into the communities, Bianchi said. The thieves are believed to be responsible for burglaries in Boonton Township, Chatham, Chester, Hanover, Harding, Kinnelon, Long Hill, Mendham, Montville, Morris …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Current band of thieves burglarizing North Jersey homes follow same pattern as infamous group.
They've been caught on a home security video wearing masks breaking into a Chatham residence and an apparent getaway car—a silver Porsche with New York license plates—was spotted in Parsippany last week. But the band of thieves who are believed to be responsible for numerous high-end residential burglaries throughout North Jersey, including in Morris and Somerset counties, continue to elude authorities. The burglary ring shares similar characteristics to the James Bond Gang, the band of thieves known for their exotic getaway cars and sophisticated style. However, the current thieves are not believed to be part of the infamous group. Authorities from several municipalities where the thieves have struck met this week with members of the …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Home's open door results in rumors, alleged burglars also tracked in Somerset Hills.
A flurry of police activity Friday night sparked a wave of misinformation sent across the Internet via email from anxious residents, Far Hills Police Chief Ken Hartman said. "There was a vehicle of known burglars that were being followed by a task force of about a dozen officers. They landed in Far Hills," Hartman said. "They did not commit any crimes and left the area." As recently as last week, there was a burglary fitting the pattern of daytime burglaries seen in Morris and Somerset counties for the past few months. Mendham Borough Police Chief Pat Libertino told residents to lock their doors and set their alarms. Libertino also said that the recent string of robberies were the work of a gang. This week, Mendham Township Police Chief …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Bernardsville, Bernards Township police remind residents to secure homes, report suspicious activity.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Police departments in Bernardsville and Bernards Township jointly issued a statement on Friday reminding residents to lock up and take precautions to reduce opportunities for burglaries, which have been reported in Bernards in the last few days. The recent burglaries or attempts have taken place between 7 to 10 p.m., the statement said. Bernards Township Police Lt. Michael Voorhees said the department had received reports of burglaries as of 11 p.m. on Thursday and also on Friday, but he had no immediate details. Police Capt. Edward Byrnes said an attempted burglary at a home on Clairvaux Court had been reported on Thursday night. He said that the homeowners reported someone apparently was unaware that they were home, and tried to break in…