Long Hill Township, NJ police have requested the public’s assistance as they attempt to identify and locate suspects who have committed multiple burglaries in the area.
Police indicated that multiple individuals have been seen knocking on area residents’ doors in recent weeks and asking about a missing dog. Police believe that the burglars’ strategy is to continue knocking on doors until they eventually come across a residence that is unoccupied. At that point, police believe, the individuals enter the residence and burglarize the premises.
Police noted that burglaries with a similar modus operandi have also been reported in Chatham Township, NJ.
The investigation has not turned up any promising leads so far. As a result, Long Hill Township police have asked the public to be on the lookout for the burglars. Police have also instructed members of the public to contact police if anyone knocks on their doors inquiring about a lost dog.
In New Jersey, burglary is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2. In accordance with the statute, burglary is typically classified as a third degree felony. In this case, if the suspects are caught and eventually convicted of third degree burglary, they could face up to five years in NJ State Prison.
To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “Cops: We Need Public’s Help Finding Burglars Knocking on Doors, Looking for Missing Dog.”
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