have reported three residential burglaries in the last two days, bringing the number of burglaries or attempted burglaries to seven just within the last month.
Following a Sunday night, in which a large-screen TV was stolen, police reported two additional burglaries on East Central Avenue and Collins Avenue Monday.
Residents of the 400 block of East Central Avenue who had been away returned home Monday and discovered someone had broken into their home through a kitchen window and stolen jewelry, police said.
Also Monday, neighbors of a resident on the 200 block of Collins Avenue witnessed a stocky man and an olive-skinned woman exiting the neighbor’s home at approximately 3 p.m. The woman was carrying a box—later determined to be the victim’s jewelry box—partially concealed under her sweatshirt, police said. The neighbors followed the two suspects and saw them get into an older model tan Ford Taurus parked in the 400 block of West Third Street and leave the area.
Police can’t say for certain whether these most recent burglaries are in any way related to the on Golf View Road and Park Drive at the beginning of the month, but Sgt. Lee Lieber noted the homes’ telephone and cable wires had been cut in the Julia Court and East Central Avenue burglaries, much like the Golf View and Park Drive incidents.
“They’re trying to defeat any alarms,” he explained.
A Hogan Way resident at her home two weeks ago. She did not see the burglar(s), police said. Jewelry was taken from her bedroom.
Lieber said this recent rash of larcenous activity is unusual for Moorestown.
“It’s more than we usually have,” he said. “Unfortunately, it seems to work in cycles.”
The fact that the incidents are happening at different times of day, in different parts of town, also makes the police’s job more difficult, he said. “Obviously we’re very concerned and we’re trying to address it by concentrating more patrols.”
Lieber said the investigations into the burglaries earlier this month are still active and no arrests have been made.
If you have any information that would assist police in their investigations, call the tip line at 856-914-3092. The police non-emergency number is 856-234-8300.
If something looks suspicious, call 911.
In the wake of the crimes, police have offered several burglary preventions tips, including:
- Install motion sensor floodlights outside.
- Leave indoor lights on timers while away and set an alarm.
- Advise police if you’re going away for an extended period of time.
- Keep photographs of jewelry/flatware and the serial numbers on electronic goods.
Police also have a separate list of further crime prevention tips for the holidays online.