One Home, Two Cars Broken Into Since Sunday

Front door forced open in another residential burglary; unlocked cars broken into, police say.

One home and were burglarized this week in , and, similar to some , the front door of the residence was forced open.

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.




M OKeef March 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Maybe we should each hire private property guards if we need to go to work or away overnight -- doesn't sound safe to leave your home unattended these days.
James March 29, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Can the police, town or other please produce some usable stats on the specifics of these burglaries in aggregate, so the rest of us can react accordingly? To that extent, it sounds like unlocked doors to cars or otherwise is a consistent theme. As is forceable entry through front door. I'd like to also know whether the effected homes had alarms, dogs, away residents, specific times of break ins etc. chime in residents!
Xavier March 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I want something similar. Exactly how much worse is it now than a few years ago? I am especially concerned about home burglaries.
James March 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I challenge the police/local authorities/contibitors to answer these questions: -how many home invasions have been reported this yr v last 10 yrs annually -how many of these cases have resulted in arrest/conviction - what is trend -what is being done about this seeming growing issue -what are the common characteristics of the invasions - time, location, homes specifics (alarm, pets, lot, what was taken etc.) -how can we minimize the chance that we are invaded/reverse this trend
Steven March 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Residents of Millburn/Short Hills sure seem to have a propensity for leaving Mac laptops in their cars. Does that strike anyone else as somewhat odd? Insurance fraid, anyone? I bring my work laptop (a Mac) home with me every day and I have never left it once in the car.


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