Toms River Police Sketch Artists Assists Neighboring Jackson Township in Burglary Manhunt
On Thursday February 9th a residential burglary was reported on birch drive Near Larsen road. The burglary happened between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:15 pm. The home owner reported that the master bedroom was ransacked and items of jewelry were stolen. It appears entry to the residence was gained by forcing open a rear window.
On Wednesday February 8th a residential burglary was reported on Farmingdale Road, near North New Prospect road. The home owner came home to find the basement window forced open and the bedroom ransacked. Items of jewelry were stolen.
On Saturday February 4th a residential burglary was reported on Brewers Bridge Road near Delaware Trail. The home owner came home to find the bedrooms ransacked. Investigation revealed that entry into the home was made through an unsecured rear window. Items of jewelry were reported stolen.
The Jackson Township police department is also investigating the an attempted residential burglary that was reported Monday February 13, 2012 at 3 pm, on hidden hollow court off Bowman Road.
Officers responded for a report of a suspicious male in the backyard of the residence. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and smoking a cigarette.
The home owner reported to police that their dogs were barking at something towards the front of the residence, however, there was no knock at the front door. Approximately five minutes later, an unknown male was observed walking on the patio in the backyard.
The suspect is a white male in his early to mid twenties. He was approximately five foot, six inches tall and was wearing a dark color hooded sweatshirt with denim pants.
At 1523 hours police dispatch advised officers that a nearby resident on bowman road reported that a suspicious male ran just through their property and into the woods.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department k-9 unit Officer Kohout assisted with the investigation at the scene. However the suspect was not located.
Police canvassed the neighbors in the area and also learned that a teenage boy just home from school had an unidentified man knock at the front door at or about 2:50 pm. The man asked for “Mike”. The man was described as being a white male, approximately six feet tall with a dark haired goatee. The man appeared to be in his late twenties or early thirties and had on dark denim jeans and a dark colored “poofy” style jacket.
Another resident on Miller Avenue, not far from Hidden Hollow Court, reported to police seeing a white male peering through the kitchen window at approximately 2:15 pm. The kitchen window is located in the rear of the residence, which also faces Hidden Hollow Court. At approximately 3:00 pm, the same suspect rang the door bell and asked for “Matt”. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately five foot, nine inches tall wearing denim jeans and a green hooded sweatshirt. The suspect also had a scruffy, five o’clock shadow look for facial hair. During both interactions, the suspect had his hood pulled up over his head and was using a cellular telephone when he came to the front door.
Officer Christopher Mcdowell of the Toms River Police Department assisted in this investigation with the preparation of a forensic sketch of the suspect male. The sketch is made available to the public to attempt to indentify the person.
The Jackson Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with the immediate reporting of any persons observed that believed to be suspicious. Please call Jackson Police at 732-928-1111.
Persons with information pertaining to these or any burglary investigation are asked to contact Jackson Township Police detectives Robert Reiff at 732-833-3018 or Scott Conover at 732-833-3010.