Mendham Borough NJ police are searching for a suspect in the recent theft of jewelry from a local home.
The theft was committed while the residents of the house were away. At the time of the theft, which occurred at a residence located on Gunther Street in Mendham NJ, a number of contractors were inside the home and performing home repairs and other tasks. Although law enforcement is not certain that the theft was committed by one of the workers, Mendham New Jersey investigators have not ruled out the contractors as suspects in the theft crime.
The suspect reportedly stole numerous valuables, including jewelry, coins, and other items valued at more than $5,000.
According to detectives with the Mendham Borough Police Department, the stolen items were taken from a closet inside the house. Authorities said that the closet was “unsecured,” with no lock on the closet door to stop the culprit from gaining access to the expensive items.
Mendham NJ police are investigating the theft offense incident and attempting to determine who may have stolen the valuable items from the victims’ house.
If law enforcement does eventually determine the identity of the culprit, it is likely that the person would be subject to criminal charges for theft of movable property. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, theft of property that has a value of more than $500 is considered a third degree crime. A conviction on third degree theft of movable property charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Since the person responsible for the theft did not appear to break into the home, Mendham NJ police do not expect the culprit to be charged with burglary under N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “More Than $5K in Jewelry and Coins Stolen from Mendham Home.”