Information Sought in Residential Burglaries

Posted: July 6, 2012

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Updated July 6, 2012: There have been seven additional burglaries or attempted burglaries since this news article was originally posted on June 20, 2012.

The Vernon Township Police Department is asking the public to be vigilant due to a number of recent burglaries in the Highland Lakes section of the township.

Anyone with information regarding any of the following incidents is asked to contact the detective bureau at 973.764.6155.

Newest incidents:

  • Between June 17 and June 23, doors and a window were damaged on a home on Winetka Road during an attempted break in.
  • On June 23, a home on Wawayanda Rd. was entered and prescription drugs were taken.
  • Between June 22 and June 28, a home on Lakeshore Drive was forcibly entered and a television, gaming system and games were removed.
  • Between June 23 and June 28, an additional home on Lakeshore Drive was forcibly entered and jewelry taken.
  • Between June 26 and July 4, windows were damaged on a home on Lakeside Drive East during an attempted break in.
  • Between June 29 and July 4, a home on Glen Ridge Road was forcibly entered and jewelry and coins were taken.
  • Between June 30 and July 6, a home on Lakeside Drive East was forcibly entered and computers were taken.

Previous incidents:

  • During the month of May, two unoccupied residences on Vista Rd. were entered and copper pipes were removed.
  • A residential burglary on May 26 on Edgewater Pl. where two flat screen televisions were removed.
  • Between June 3 and June 7, a summer home on West Lakeshore Drive was entered and three laptop computers were taken.
  • Between June 3 and June 15, a residence on Lakeside Dr. East was entered and several pieces of jewelry were taken.
  • Between June 4 and June 18, a residence on Vista Dr. was entered and jewelry and a jar of coins were taken.

Additionally, Vernon Police are asking the public to be aware of anyone they see removing copper pipes from homes. There are numerous houses in foreclosure or abandoned which have become easy targets for thieves looking for scrap metal. Please report any suspicious activity, person(s) and/or vehicles immediately at the time observed to the police department via 9-1-1 and/or the main police number at 973.764.6155.