Bon Jovi Burglar Pleads Guilty to Monmouth County Charges in Jersey Shore Crime Spree
In April of 2011, Beachwood resident Nicholas Tracy was arrested after stealing $100,000 in items from the home of Jersey Shore rocker, Jon Bon Jovi. He plead guilty today to the charges stemming from his burglaries in Monmouth County, in which he had stolen over $300,000 worth of items.
Tracey had been caught three times in the past year and a half committing his crimes.
On Wednesday April 20, 1011, Middletown Township police were alerted to a tripped burglar alarm at the Middletown home of rock and roll artist Jon Bon Jovi. Upon searching the house, Patrolman Ryan Riffert and Patrolman Carl Roth found and arrested Mr. Tracy, who was hiding in a third floor bathroom. The follow up investigation resulted in the Clubhouse Road resident being charged with at least the earlier heists, including four counts of third-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree theft. Many of the items stolen from the earlier crimes were recovered during the investigation.
In October of 2011, Tracy was arrested again. Toms River township police were dispatched to the home of a Whitty Road resident after receiving a report of a confrontation with a burglar on their second floor, after which the suspect ran from the residence and fled on bicycle. Approximately 15 minutes later, Officer Paul Kaminski observed Mr. Tracy, who matched the resident’s description of the suspect, riding a bicycle in the area of the Ocean County Mall.
Mr. Tracy ignored the officer’s commands to stop and continued on his bike through the parking lot, eventually stopping near the Route 571 mall exit, at which time Officer Kaminski exited the vehicle. The Clubhouse Road resident then fled on foot and was pursued, surrendering to the officer across the highway near the Seacourt Pavilion.
Following an investigation by Detective Glen Lucas and Officer Mike McDonald, Mr. Tracy was identified as the suspect who burglarized the township residence, was charged with burglary and taken to the Ocean County Jail on $15,000 bail.
In March of 2012, Tracy was caught yet again, this time in Toms River, caught red-handed with items he stole from Bay Avenue area homes.
6 Police Agencies Investigating Tracy’s Burglaries
Toms River Detectives Brian Lomer and Louis Santora executed a search warrant at Tracy’s residence and his vehicle and recovered proceeds from the Silverton Road Burglary. Property was also recovered from residential burglaries on North Bay Avenue that occurred on March 6th and Dugan Lane that occurred on February 17 . Detective Chris Fluck had charged Tracy with receiving stolen property from the Dugan Lane burglary and bail was set at $20,000. Toms River Captain Bruce Burgess and Detective Loring Dunton coordinated the investigation with other agencies with similar burglaries Lacey Township, Ocean Township, Berkeley Township, Beachwood, Brick Township, Middletown, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
According to investigators and court documents, his earlier string of heists allegedly began on March 14th with the theft of approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry from the Middletown home of George Kolber, the former chief operating officer of American Eagle Outfitters and Value City Department Stores. Ten days later, Mr. Tracy’s car was photographed by Red Bank’s hyperlocal news website Red Bank Green as it was parked near the downtown of that municipality with a bust of Napoleon in his passenger seat. At the time, Mr. Tracy told the photographer that he was moving into an apartment in Red Bank. One week later, Mr. Tracy allegedly struck again, netting approximately $300,000 worth of jewelry from the Little Silver residence of ophthalmologist Martin Uram on April 1st. Neither burglary resulted in an arrest at that time.
You can see full articles of previous arrests here: http://www.tomsrivernjonline.com/?s=bon+jovi+burglar&x=0&y=0