Day of Burglaries in Toms River Ends with Burglar Getting Struck in Hip With 2×3 by Victim
By Phil Stilton
Score one for the victims in Toms River who have endured a seemingly countless amount of burglaries in the past year. A burglar at a home on Old Freehold Road, near Silverton Road, confronted and struck a would-be burglar with a four foot long two inch by three inch piece of wood on Monday.
Earlier that morning, Toms River Police Officer Scott Duncan investigated a burglary in the 700 block of Brookside Drive. An Unknown suspect entered a residence through a front window. The suspect removed a one hundred pound black safe from the home that contained jewelry and cash. An extra large t-shirt was left behind at the scene that did not belong to the victim.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy asks that anyone who might have information on that incident contact Detective Louis Santora at 349-0150 1276.
“Also on Monday police investigated an attempted burglary to a residence at noon on the 1200 block of Church Road. Officer Ryan Rush is investigating the attempted burglary through a rear slider door,” Mastronardy said. ”Police responded to an alarm call at 1130 a.m. at a home on Pheasant Hollow Lane. Investigation by Officer Steve Austin determined that the rear slider door was shattered by an unknown suspect who apparently was scared off by the alarm before entry was made.”
The night culminated for police at the Old Freehold Road residence. According to Chief Mastronardy, a 49 year old man was in his home when he went to investigate some noise at the rear of the residence. At the rear sliding glass door, he observed a white male about 30 years of age trying to enter his home. He confronted the suspect t about breaking into his house and the suspect replied “What are you gonna do about it?”
With that the suspect started to walk away. The victim and the suspect had a brief confrontation during which the victim stuck the suspect’s hip with a 4’ 2 X 3 that was nearby. The suspect wearing a black cap, orange t-shirt, blue gym shorts with white piping and sneakers then ran towards Old Freehold Road. A short time later a witness observed the suspect running thru backyards on Woodview Drive.
Officer Jen Grob, Steven Austin and K-9 Officer art Pennell and his dog Blitz were responsible for the initial investigation. Anyone with information can call Detective Marc Bajada at 349-0150-1241.
On Monday, a resident in the Landings development reported that a black male approached her residence in the morning and asked if she had a landscapper. She became suspicious and called police who are requesting any residents who observe suspicious activity to contact them at 349-0150.