Morris Township police are looking for a suspect accused of burglarizing a local residence.
The Morris Township Police Department received a phone call about a break-in at a house located on Blackberry Lane. The caller told the police dispatcher that she heard the intruder inside the house, so she locked herself in the bathroom and placed the call.
While the resident was in the bathroom, she was able to hear the intruder moving around and making noise inside the bedroom.
By the time Morris Township police officers got to the scene, the suspect had already fled the premises.
Police canvassed the area in search of the suspect. Officers were assisted by members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. However, police were not able to locate the suspect.
Police investigated the crime scene and determined that the suspect probably got into the house by smashing a rear door.
The investigation into the alleged burglary is active and ongoing.
If the suspect is eventually identified and captured, they could face significant criminal penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2 typically classifies burglary as a third degree felony. This means that the offender could be subject to a sentence of 3–5 years in NJ State Prison.
The Morris Township Police Department has asked that anyone who has information about the alleged theft attempt please reach out to investigators at 973-326-7480.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Locked Herself in Bathroom, Dialed 911 After Intruder Broke into Home, Morris Township Cops Say.”