Police on Hunt for River Plaza Burglar
Residents want public informed of incidents.
"Police say an unknown person attempted to gain entry into two of the residences (on Hubbard Avenue) and did in fact make entry into one of them (on West Front street) in an effort to locate car keys in order to steal the homeowner’s vehicle," a statement from police said. "The subject was able to steal a 2000 Dodge Caravan from the West Front Street home."
The person whose car was stolen, former Board of Education member and political candidate Pat Walsh, as well as a couple of other Hubbard Avenue residents, contacted Patch in an effort to warn area residents. As a matter of procedure, crime victims’ names are not released by police as a measure of protection. However, Walsh came forward and wished to be identified by Patch.
“The police did an excellent job,” Walsh said. “They were here immediately and extremely thorough. While I understand they have procedures that need to be followed in order to not jeopardize the investigation, I think it’s important that area residents are informed so they can take proper precautions to protect themselves. I feel like I have a big responsibility to my community. Knowing that someone was in your home when you are there is particularly frightening.”
Walsh added that a neighbor first discovered the suspected burglar in his home at about 3:30 a.m., “scared the intruder off and called police.”
Another neighbor, she said, had belongings stolen off a back porch along with home and car keys; and the back door on the porch was left propped open.
At Walsh’s home, she said the alleged burglar entered her home through a window that had an air conditioner in it. Cash and car keys were stolen along with a car, which had not yet been recovered as of yesterday afternoon.
The suspect has not yet been caught.
Police say the homeowner who "scared off" the intruder identified him as a young black male.
Police request anyone with information contact Detective Adam Finck at 732-615-2072.