Middletown, NJ Police looking for relentless car theft, home burglary suspects
Middletown Police are investigating as series of attempted burglaries, car thefts, motor vehicle burglaries, and even home burglaries in the Oak Hill and Lincroft sections of town that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.
It was around 3:55 am that police said they received a report of multiple men trying to steal a parked vehicle from a driveway outside of a home in the Bamm Hollow Estates in Lincroft.
From there as police reviewed surveillance footage, the suspects are accused of heading into the garage of a home by the window to take another vehicle parked within but they went 0-2 in their attempts.
Police said about an hour later the same men entered a home in the Four Winds neighborhood in the Oak Hill section where they entered a home but to their surprise, the homeowner confronted them and upon this occurrence, the suspects fled the area in a vehicle that was waiting outside for them.
Intent on stealing another vehicle, the men tried to take a parked car from a driveway on Dwight Road, but, when that failed they went next door, went into the garage through a window, then walked into the home, but, to their surprise, the security alarm went off.
The resident heard the alarm, went to see what was the matter, and confronted the burglars who then took off, but, in a 2022 Land Rover they spotted in the driveway on the way into the residence.
If you have any information on these break-ins, burglaries, and thefts, call Middletown Township Police at 732-615-2100.
Here is a statement from the Middletown Township Police Department:
"The crime of auto theft is, unfortunately, a widespread and inter-jurisdictional problem that has been occurring in numerous towns throughout Monmouth County. Additionally, the actors in these incidents are becoming more brazen in their efforts to steal these high value vehicles. The Middletown Twp. Police take these crimes very seriously and do everything we can to protect the residents of Middletown and their property.
Chief Weber, seeing the need to proactively address these crimes, has assigned an officer to the New Jersey State Police Auto Theft Task Force for the last three years. This assignment proved vital in these incidents. Information about the stolen vehicle gathered at the scene was quickly relayed to the Task Force. This facilitated the recovery of the vehicle within a couple of hours of the incident.
The Middletown Police Department thanks the public for their continued vigilance and support. The public is asked to be mindful to always remove any key fobs and ensure that their vehicles are locked. Additionally, homeowners should make sure that the doors and windows to the house are locked, the garage doors are closed, and any home security system and alarm is turned on at night or if away from the home. Last, the residents are asked to immediately report any suspicious activity to the police."