Thursday, August 16, 2012
Martin Luther King Avenue home entered through window fan, laptop stolen before homeowner interrupts burglar.
The "AC Bandit" may have struck again. This time, a window fan was the point of entry, Morris Township Police said. A Martin Luther King Avenue residence was broken into early Monday morning, but the homeowner returned and heard glass break near the back of the house and may have scared the individual off, Capt. Rich Ferrone said. According to Ferrone, entry was gained into the home through a window fan. Once the intruder heard the resident return home, the individual jumped out the window screen that had been cut out at about 1 a.m., Ferrone said. In previous burglaries, the "AC Bandit" has exited through the back door. However, the individual needed to make a quick getaway this time and went out the same way as coming in, Ferrone said. A…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Man seen acting suspiciously outside home with window air conditioner in Morris Township.
Police may have gotten their first glimpse of the so-called "AC Bandit" over the weekend. According to Morris Township Police Capt. Rich Ferrone, Officer Victor Gallardo on Saturday was patrolling Burnham Road—where one of the burglaries occurred earlier this month—when he saw a male walking down a driveway close to a window air conditioning unit, which fit the pattern of four recent break-ins in Morris Township by the "AC Bandit." The individual, described as black male in his 20s or 30s, fled before Gallardo drove up to the house to confront him at about 2:15 p.m., Ferrone said. Ferrone said when Gallardo initially saw the male, he turned around to go back to the house, but by the time he got there the individual had escaped. When the …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Alarm warning stickers, brackets among measures that could help prevent the kinds of break-ins seen in Madison and Morris Township recently, Madison police say.
While window air-conditioning units keep rooms cool, but they also can give thieves an easy way to access homes. Police in Morris Township and Madison have reported five break-ins in the past two months in which homes were entered by having window AC units pushed in, and similarities have led police to wonder if a single "AC Bandit" might be responsible for the five incidents. On Friday, the Madison Police Department distributed a list with tips to prevent such crimes, including ways homeowners can secure their window AC units with items from the hardware store, and by installing alarms or at least making would-be burglars think the setup is alarmed. The method of breaking in "is common but can easily be prevented," police said. The full …
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Police say burglar who has struck four Morris Township homes likely responsible for Elm Street break-in last week.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012
The so-called "AC Bandit" who police say has pushed in window air conditioners to burglarize four Morris Township homes over the past two months, may have struck a Madison residence last week. A window air conditioner was pushed in at an Elm Street residence last Monday and a laptop computer, iPad, sneakers and a T-shirt were reported stolen, according to NJ.com. The incident fits the pattern of four recent burglaries in the Washington Valley section of Morris Township. Since June 11, the "AC Bandit" has hit Morris Township homes on Gaston Road, Whitehead Road, Picatinny Road and most recently last Sunday—the day before the Madison incident—on Burnham Road, police said. Jewelry and electronics were reported stolen from three of the homes, …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Police meet with residents of the Washington Valley section of the township following fourth burglary in the neighborhood since June.
Dozens of concerned residents attended a meeting on Tuesday night to hear the latest from the Morris Township Police Department about the recent string of burglaries in the Washington Valley section of the township. While the so-called "AC Bandit"—who has been breaking into homes since June by pushing in air conditioners on the first floor—remains on the loose, Acting Chief John McGuinness and Patrolman Steve Summerer told the 50 residents that showed up to the meeting at the Washington Valley Schoolhouse to keep a lookout for suspicious activity and always call the police if they see anything. "You are our best eyes and ears of the police department," McGuinness told the Washington Valley residents. "If you do see something unusual and …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Police, neighborhood watch group to speak to residents following string of burglaries.
The Morris Township Police Department and a neighborhood watch group will hold a special meeting Tuesday night after a fourth in a recent string of residential burglaries occurred Sunday on Burnham Road. The police and the Washington Valley Neighborhood Watch Civic Association will hold the meeting at the Washington Valley Schoolhouse at 7:30 p.m. "The meeting is to advise the neighbors over there what is going on, currently what we're doing, and ask them to help us because there's a chance maybe someone has seen this individual and did not call us," Acting Police Chief John McGuinness said. The most recent burglary occurred Sunday afternoon when a Burnham Road resident likely scared off a burglar who police believe is responsible for …