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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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wetfrog18 August 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Gee I wonder if they paid taxes on this hidden cash.
Tom Maras August 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Part 1 of 2 With all the banks coming into the township, one has to wonder why anyone would keep so much money in their home! Maybe they just don't like or trust those MacMachines. In any case, as anyone else noticed the increase in robbers throughout the township? Rumor has it that Port Reading has been experiencing 3 per day in the last few weeks. But even if that rumor is only partly true, add whatever the crime rate there is to other parts of the township, including the Mall, and one has to ask, do we have enough police on the job?
Tom Maras August 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Part 2 of 2 Now before anyone starts calling for hiring more police officers, let's ask if the excellent police resources the township current has are being deployed in the most effective manner? In short, are the various shifts being manned with enough officers or are certain shifts, the preferred ones, over-staffed? Perhaps, a comparison of the manpower assigned to certain shifts verses the time most of these crimes are being committed could be insightful. Might more police sub-stations, like the one at the Mall, throughout the township help to deffer both crime and the costs of roving police patrols? The McCormac administration is forever promoting "shared services"! Well, how about using a portion of the township's most strategically placed fire stations and EMS buildings as police substations? The township already gives money to the EMS squads ($35K to most and, reportedly, over $100K to WTARS). So why not use part of those facilities for our police, even if it means providing additional monetary compensation to the fire districts and EMS squads. Couldn't that lower both municipal and Fire District taxes, while increasing the safety and security of the township ?
slyfox1961 August 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Mr. Maras, the police are assigned geographical patrol areas. How are police stationed at a sub station going to reduce crime? I would rather have them driving around my area than sitting on their butts at a sub station. I agree that crime seems to be on the rise. I would suggest bringing back the requirement that police have to reside in the township. From what I hear, the VAST majority do not. Without a stake in the community, what incentive do they have to perform their duties with zeal? Do we have a shortage of qualified people, that we have to go to the outside for recruits? I think not. I am sure it was a union negotiated deal.
Tom Maras August 16, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Dear slyfox1961, Let's see how it might reduce crime. But, first, why do you assume they would be sitting on their butts? Do you go to the Reo Diner a lot? Okay, back to why. They would have a stronger presence in their assigned area. There patrol car(s) could left at the sub-station and they could drive their own vehicles to assigned station. Isn't that what the State Police do? That saves taxpayers fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. Response times could be faster and the police could spend more time getting to know the residence and vice versa. With a more local presence, the police could also work with local residence on establishing or building a stronger Neighborhood Crime watch network. I agree how it is odd that "local hire" in this township gets applied only when the politicians and the BOE deem it necessary. Ideally, hirers should come from the community first, if qualified. We need more nepotism and crony-ism in this town like we need more crime! But once hired, a person should be able to move out of the township, after being on the job for a year or so. As for having a stake in the town, it is called keeping your job! The state just made tenure for teacher tougher, do the same with all public employees, police included. That said, I find that most township/BOE employees in this community do take pride in their jobs and want to do a good one.
slyfox1961 August 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
For a fleeting moment I thought we actually agreed on something. I seriously doubt that the few cents fuel savings of not having to bring a patrol car from Woodbridge proper to Fords or Keasbey will offset the cost of purchasing,insuring, and maintaining additional buildings, with all the necessary ancillary costs. 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.
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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