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Burglary of Police Chief's Home Caught on Video

Burglary of Police Chief's Home Caught on Video

A security camera at Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy's house caught a suspect breaking into the home.

Asbury Park Press via YellowBrix

April 15, 2011

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Burglars hit five residences here Tuesday — including the home of the Chief of Police — and investigators are hoping a security video at the chief’s house will help them find the suspects who got away with jewelry, cash and prescription medications.

“We believe the burglaries are all related,’’ said Michael Mastronardy, the police chief.

All of the burglaries happened between noon and 6 p.m. on Fawn Drive, Dickerson Street, Central Avenue, Hedge Street and Swain Avenue. No arrests have been made.

Mastronardy, whose home is on Swain Avenue, was able to videotape the burglar as he came to his residence at 6:15 p.m. The video also shows a passing car that authorities believe is also involved. He said he installed the cameras two weeks ago because of a rash of burglaries happening in the town.

None of the other residences had video cameras.

“I was only one of many victims the other day,‘’ said Mastronardy, who has been burglarized at home in the past. "As a victim, I can tell you the comfort I feel being able to look at the video and see who it was who came to my house.’’

Officer George Fernicola is investigating the Fawn Drive burglary where the home was broken into through a back door between 1 and 3 p.m. Between noon and 1 p.m., another home was entered on Dickerson Street and ransacked; however, nothing was stolen in that burglary.

Between 1 and 2 p.m., a house on Hedge Street was entered and there was an attempt to enter a residence on Central Avenue between noon and 4 p.m. A screen was cut and removed from the rear of the Central Avenue home, but burglars were unable to get in authorities said.

Mastronardy said his residence on Swain Avenue was entered through a rear window.

In all these burglaries, cash, jewelry and prescription medicines were targeted by the suspects, he said.

In the video at Mastronardy’s home, a man gets out of a dark-colored car and then walks up to the front door. After ringing the doorbell, the man walks to the rear of the house and forces open a rear window.

The man is in the home for one minute before a family member comes home. The man leaves through the front door and is picked up by someone in the same dark-colored car.

Mastronardy said police are regularly solving crimes by the use of the numerous video surveillance system being installed throughout the township.

“We’re currently working with the vocational school and the chamber of commerce to get people with businesses to use video cameras and for homeowners to get them installed,‘’ he said. "I’m an advocate of video cameras being used for security.’’

Capt. Bruce Burgess, who is in charge of the burglary investigation, is using the video to identify suspects, Mastronardy said.

“We are cautiously optimistic that arrests are imminent,’’ he said.

The burglaries are under investigation by Detectives Chris Fluck, Mark Bajada, John Bajcic, Sgt. Dave McCallum and Officer Thomas Dimichele, along with detectives from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

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  • Derrick_max50

    gradyg

    about 3 years ago

    1118 Comments

    Some one had to see this person come down the street and notice the person, check the finger prints he left and they just might catch the person. That do look like a pd car rolled by and even they did not stop and look.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    45806 Comments

    Bump T_9. I don't think it was a marked crown vic either. The thing that struck me was the the kid rang the bell and it was approximately 5 second this kid was at the window. Anybody still could have came to the door. These kids are not reall good at this stuff and someone can end up seriously hurt or dead. I only hope it's not the homeowner.

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    SHARRI8

    about 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    HEY I WATCHED THE VIDEO....THE MAN WALKS WITH A LIMP.....?????

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    SHARRI8

    about 3 years ago

    106 Comments

    AMAZING.......SOMETIMES THE VIDEO OF THE CRIME BEING COMMITTED IN ONE PLACE......SOLVES THE WHOLE CASE FOR MANY PEOPLE AT ONE TIME......THANK GOD FOR VIDEO ......SHOULDNT TAKE TOO LONG TO SOLVE NOW......

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    DINGER44

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    Nobody noticed the PD roll by as the perp was walking up the driveway?

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    T_9

    about 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    The article reads that the perp FORCED open the rear window. As for 5 detectives, the article reads that there have been a rash of burglaries. That could mean that they have happened in different parts of town and the detectives assigned could be working their zones and it just so happens that equals five different detectives on the CASES. I did not think it was a marked police crown vic at all. Just my opinion.

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    Weberstudios

    about 3 years ago

    204 Comments

    @royalVT Thats exactly what I thought too!

  • Kevlar_max50

    Twisted_dispatcher

    about 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    5 Detectives? Wow....

  • Vt_max50

    RoyalVT

    about 3 years ago

    604 Comments

    Does it look like a marked police crown vic to anyone else??? weird....

  • Thin_blue_line_max50

    RLW

    about 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    It appears thatToms River NJ has a low crime rate if you can leave your windows unlocked, I can't believe of all people the Chief of Police would do that. Also Five + Detectives working the case???????

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    latinrum

    about 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    Things than make you say HMMMMMM....

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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6180 Comments

    Bump Platoo
    Chief + Open Window + Possible Amo in the House? Even though anythings possible in Dirty Jersey, I would have to agree with you that the whole scenario is quite odd. If in deed it is true, can you Image the heckling the Chief is getting? (Rookie Cop runs up to Chief) "Chief Sir, Would you like me to come in and fill out a Burglary Report for you?" (Seasoned Cop) "Has your wife been seeing anyone lately?" lol''z

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    JImGNYCDC

    about 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    Looks Like a kid with a distincive limp. Canvass the junior highs in the area and you'll have him/her quick enough.

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    JIMROC

    about 3 years ago

    8500 Comments

    This kid looks to be about 10-15 years old.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    I don't know, looks pretty fake to me Chief. Like the window open and a step stool right next to it. Besides the kid walking around from the front of the house and not looking around, just walking to the window and climbing in. I think maybe it was your son who forgot his house key.

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