Police Blotter Update: Burglary and Criminal Mischief

Police respond to a residential burglary, a dishwasher fire and a criminal mischief case at the Historical Society.

Editor's Note: The blotter was updated to include more information and pictures from the criminal mischief/vandalism case at the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society.

Someone broke into a home on Ridgewood Road in Millburn on Friday, entering through an unlocked sliding door in the back of the residence, according to Millburn Police. The resident told police that someone stole jewelry from her bedroom while she was out between 7:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 2. She said she realized that someone had been in the house when she returned and found a coat on the floor of the foyer but knew she had left the coat on the couch.

The suspect went through the drawers in her room and her son’s bedroom as well as the closets. She reported that more than $2,000 worth of jewelry was missing.

Here are some of the other calls police responded to last week:

Dishwasher Fire: Police and fire responded to a dishwasher fire late Friday night on Lancer Drive in Short Hills.

The homeowner came downstairs and smelled burning plastic and saw the smoke and flames coming from underneath the dishwasher.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly, investigated and deemed that the fire was not suspicious in nature.

Criminal Mischief: Someone broke a plastic brochure holder that was on the door of the at the Short Hills Train Station and moved a large decorative concrete block in front of the stairway to the train platform, blocking the way. Lynne Ranieri, curator for the museum, said the decorative block was part of the now demolished Hobart Avenue/Short Hills Elementary School. Police investigated Sunday and were able to move the block away from the top of the stairs and back to where it belonged.

Update on vehicle burglaries: of the Millburn Police Department reported that there have been a few arrests in recently and, for the time being, there have been fewer car burglaries as a result. Palardy reported no vehicle thefts or burglaries in this week's blotter.


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