Mendham Township NJ police have arrested a man who allegedly posed as a utility worker in order to burglarize a home and commit a theft.
According to authorities, the suspect wore a utility worker uniform consisting of a fluorescent green vest and a yellow hard hat when he tried to gain access to a Mendham Township home.
The suspect allegedly knocked on the front door of a house located on Old Mill Road. When the home’s resident did not answer the door, the suspect reportedly walked to the backyard and gained entry to the home through a rear door.
Once inside the house, the suspect allegedly walked into the bedroom and tried to take two jewelry boxes. When the home’s resident heard the suspect making noise in the bedroom, the resident confronted the suspect. This allegedly prompted the suspect to flee the scene. According to the resident, the suspect got into a parked car and drove away.
A number of police departments joined in on the subsequent investigation, including departments in Mendham Township, Bridgewater, Chester Township, Roselle Park, Westfield, and Woodbridge.
Investigators eventually identified the suspect as the individual who had broken into the Mendham Township home. The suspect turned himself into police at the Mendham Township Police Department station.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and criminal trespass. He is currently being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown NJ on a $35,000 bail amount.
Prosecutors anticipate filing more charges against the suspect. According to Mendham Township police, the suspect may have posed as a utility worker on other occasions in order to commit burglaries.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Did You Let Him In? Police Say Man Posed as Utility Worker to Break into Homes.”