One Home, Two Cars Broken Into Since Sunday
Front door forced open in another residential burglary; unlocked cars broken into, police say.
The home burglary occurred on Coniston Road in Short Hills sometime between Friday and Monday, when a guest was coming to stay at the home while the owners were away. The guest, who had just arrived from the airport, noticed that the front door had been kicked in. He walked inside and realized something was amiss, quickly exited and called police, according to a report by Officer James Silance.
Silance investigated inside and saw that drawers were opened in the TV room, the main living room and in an upstairs bedroom, where someone had gone through the closets and a jewelry collection, but because the residents were not home, it as unknown as to whether anything was taken. Silance and another officer canvassed the area, but nearby residents had not seen anything suspicious.
A resident on Southern Slope Drive called police at 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that two men were breaking into his neighbor’s 2007 Volvo that was parked in the driveway. The neighbor said he must have startled the suspects because they walked away toward Undercliff and then out of sight. Police Officer Lorenzo Graham awakened the car’s owner, who said he had not locked the car and or set the alarm before going to bed. Police canvassed the area looking for the suspects and called in the Essex County K-9 unit, which brought “Bandit” to help with the search. Bandit went into the vehicle to get the scent and circled the residents four times before officers ended the tracking, Graham reported. According to the owner, nothing was taken from the vehicle.
A resident on Rosedale Avenue in Millburn went to the police station on Monday to report that his 2007 Toyota Camry was broken into sometime between late Sunday night and 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. The car, he reported to Officer Michael Tichenor, was parked in an open garage. A $1,500 MacBook and a $200 Sony camera were missing, he told police.