Items worth roughly $10,000 were allegedly stolen by the group in the western Monmouth County area over the months of June, July, and August, investigators said. Police have not released the names of those arrested as the investigation is still underway.
A separate series of break-ins occurred around Stacey Drive in Upper Freehold around the same time. Police have taken a 13 year old boy from Upper Freehold into custody in connection with these burglaries.
It is unclear whether either of these sets of burglaries are related to yet another 3 break-ins that were committed in Millstone and Upper Freehold recently. In these last cases, the perpetrators either kicked in the front doors or entered the houses through open windows.
Incidences of burglaries and other crimes of opportunity have increased sharply in the western Monmouth County area over the past year. Manalapan Township has seen a spike in burglaries recently, with police investigating at least two strings of home break-ins there. At least two in the Holiday North section of Manalapan. Two more were reported on the same Saturday night on Grandview Avenue where the burglars cut the telephone before entering.
Two similar burglaries took place in Colts Neck recently that police believe may be related. The burglars also cut the phone lines in these break-ins.
If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of burglary in Monmouth County, contact a Freehold criminal defense attorney immediately.