Written by the East Brunswick Police Department:
A resident remembers seeing a white work van pull up in front of the residence in an erratic manner, driving up on the curb. Another resident, who was walking his dog, also remembers seeing a white van in the neighborhood occupied by a white male with a scruffy beard. The individual had approached the residence that was burglarized, rang the doorbell and knocked on the door. The resident did not see anything further as he continued to walk his dog down the street. The resident didn’t see anything out of the ordinary until officers approached him later during their canvass.
Detective Daniel Unkel sent out a statewide message regarding the burglary and jewelry taken. Sgt. Steve Todd, Edison Police Department, contacted Det. Unkel and informed him that jewelry similar in description to our stolen jewelry had been sold at a gold shop in Edison. Det. Unkel was able to retrieve the items which were in fact the stolen items from the Diamond Court residence. Brett Kearns, a 29 year old white male from Edison was identified as the individual who sold the jewelry.
Detective’s Unkel and Robert Zielinski interviewed Kearns. He admitted to breaking into the house and stealing the jewelry. He stated that he sold the jewelry in Edison and threw the rest of the jewelry out somewhere on a side street off of Route 1 in Woodbridge near the Route 35 ramp. Kearns was charged with burglary and theft.
Detective’s Unkel and Zielinski responded to the area and while searching the roadway they were approached by a resident. The resident informed them that he had found a bag of jewelry and turned it over to the Woodbridge Police Department. Detective’s Unkel and Zielinski were able to recover a majority of the jewelry that had been stolen by the suspect.