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Toms River Police Canvassing Neighborhood After Armed Burglars Tied Up Couple

Update: Toms River Police searching for three men who targeted safes, jewelry

Toms River police continue to canvass the Rivercrest Manor neighborhood after a trio of men armed with handguns tied up a couple and stole safes and jewelry Friday morning.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the home invasion, around midnight, had three men in ski masks force upon a locked sliding glass door to a bi-level home on Colonial Drive.

The men — wearing black ski masks, blue and white shirts and brown work gloves — made their way to a bedroom where a husband and wife were asleep, said the police chief. The couple awoke to the armed men, and who tied up the residents under gun point.

Mastronardy said the men were armed with black automatic handguns. The three men remained in the home with the restrained residents for at least 30 minutes, ransacking the home looking for safes.

Two safes, as well as cash, antique and newer jewelry were taken. The safes are grey, and measure two feet by two feet, police said.

The men fled, carrying the safes to at least one vehicle parked on nearby Nanlyn Terrace, and drove off. Mastronardy said a neighbor called into police after observing something suspicious while at the mailbox, and then entered the home to see the couple tied up. The neighbor freed the husband and wife, who reported no injuries.

The police chief said the home may have been specifically targeted.

"The victims have been involved in the jewelry business and the investigation indicates that the residence was targeted," he said.

Mastronardy announced this evening that the investigation is ongoing and involves continued police presence in the neighborhood.

"Officers are conducting a canvass of the neighborhood this evening attempting to obtain any information from people who live in the neighborhood," he said in an email.

Anyone with information can call Toms River Police Detective Louis Santora or Roger Hull at 732-349-0150 ext 1276.


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trgirl October 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Go to a TR council meeting and tell the powers-that-be the town needs more policemen. It may seem like a large force, but the township is (I think) 44 sq. miles. That's a BIG area to patrol.
trgirl October 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Unfair. That "chatting" you see is usually on their own time, doing surveillance, using radar on the traffic. I concede there might be a few slackers, but don't disparage an entire force.
Smot Revir October 25, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Wait, The Hassidics are robbing people now ?
Gabriel A. Calabrese January 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM
Let us citizens help the police. Let's start civilian patrols again. Neighborhood Watch. We will be the eyes and ears of the police reporting all suspicious people and conditions. Not hard, just need volunteers and cooperation of the politicians and the police department. Start the Auxiliary police again. Combine Brick and Toms River to get more resources. I'm a retired Sergeant from a major police department in North Jersey. That's where I get my expertise from in case some of you unbelievers and bleeding hearts are wondering.
JIM January 23, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I totally agree with Mr Calabrese. I have thought that these "s____bags" should be implanted with micro chips so that they can be tracked easily by the police (after conviction)... Also, when they are out on bail they are robbing again.. I have thoughts that we should buy "car cams".. simple ones ($30-$50) .. as we drive the neighborhood we can see the Lic. plates.. We can get the neighbors to furnish a list of their plates.. see one that is not supposed to be there and do a check on it.. We have to do something.. After the crime the damage is DONE!!!..

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