Middlesex County Crime Stoppers, in conjunction with East Brunswick Police, are offering a $1,000 reward for any information on the suspects responsible for the burglaries. Tips are confidential and callers can remain anonymous.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office issued an alert reporting a spike in residential and vehicle burglaries over the last month, including dozens of incidents in the township.
East Brunswick Police said the burglaries predominantly occurred during the daytime and early evening hours while many residents were at work. The areas that were hit included the neighborhoods near Summerhill Road and Old Stage Road (Clearview, Stephens and Dobson) and neighborhoods near Ryder’s Lane by the North Brunswick border (Ryders, Corona, Perry, Allwood, Bruning and Jean), police said. There were also burglaries reported on Parsons Road and Flagler Street.
The common methods used in the break-ins involved one or more suspects knocking on a front door to see if anyone was home. If the door was answered, the suspect would then claim to be from a utility company, looking for a friend, or would say they saw an ad for an item being sold, according to police.
A similar reward was offered in South Brunswick as a string of over a dozen burglaries was reported.
Since December, 13 burglaries were reported in Kendall Park, including a holiday burglary where Christmas presents were stolen from a township home, with homes hit between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The homes that were broken into were all dark and appeared to be vacant at the time of the burglary, police said.Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County provides three ways to provide information on cases, call, text, or online:
1) Call 1-800-939-9600
2) Text-A-Tip to “MIDTIP plus your message” to 274637
3) Visit their web site http://www.middlesextips.com/index.aspx