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Burglars Grab $8K Hidden in Suitcases

Iselin homeowners came home to a ransacked house and empty suitcases - which is where they had hidden their money and jewelry.


Burglars broke into an Iselin condo on Monday and made off with more than $8,000 in cash that was stashed in suitcases in the home. Another $1,000 hidden in a jewelry box was also taken.

said that the female homeowner had returned home from work on August 13 and discovered the front door of the Green Hollow Drive condo had been jimmied open. The woman, police said, lives in the condo with her husband and in-laws, who had left that morning to visit family in St. Louis.

When police arrived, they found the condo had been ransacked throughout the building, and that suitcases, which had been tucked away in closets, were open and their contents strewn around the bedrooms.

The woman checked the suitcases, which the family used to hide their cash, and discovered the money was missing.

The crooks missed $600 that was hidden in a suit jacket in one of the closets, but they did make off with an unknown quantity of jewelry and gold from the woman's bedroom.

Police believe the thieves left by the balcony door and climbed over the condo's fence which was damaged in the escape.

There are no suspects in the burglary. However, the female homeowner said as she left for work, she noticed a white man she had never seen before who was changing his shirt in the parking lot of the condo development.

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Bucky Winters August 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Yes..the mysterious white man changing his shirt in the parking lot did it. He also knew where all your cash was hidden. I see an insurance claim coming. Inside job. Really, you throw 8 grand in a suitcase, another grand in a jewelry box, and 600 in your suit jacket? Why not bury it in coffee cans while you're at it. Go put your money in the bank. FDIC insures it to 250,000. Pay taxes like everyone else.
Tom Maras August 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
As previously noted, the buildings are already there and are being cared for. And like fire fighting and EMS equipment and personal, a police presence would give further re-assurance to the community. If they came from the town, got hired and then moved, would they then careless about their families and friends still in the township. I think not. Perhaps, your thinking of people McCormac exempted from the live/work inn the township policy,like Messrs. Landolfi and Haggerty. In this instance, I believe your statement is correct: "And I whole heartedly disagree about them doing a good job, even though they do not live in town. It is human nature to have more of an interest in preserving the town that you live in. Many have the attitude "who cares, my kids don't live or go to school here". They wil do a better job if they live in Woodbridge. That is why the requirement was started in the first place". But neither of them came from Woodbridge!
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Better idea - mini-Reo Diners in each town within the township!
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I would say to make them all live in Perth Amboy for the first two years. After that, Woodbridge will look like they're living and working in Beverly Hills.
Denobin August 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Sounds like either an inside job or acquaintences of the person robbed. Police can't prevent this kind of nonsense, but they can (and do) see through it and crack it fast enough.

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