According to authorities, the suspect was able to gain access to a house on Runyan Place by forcing open the front door.
However, the suspect did not realize that the home’s residents were inside at the time. When the residents realized that a break-in had occurred and discovered the intruder, they called police.
The intruder quickly fled the scene after residents dialed 911.
Thankfully, nothing was taken from the home and none of the residents were harmed during the incident.
Police believe that another burglary might have occurred at a home on Runyan Place. The suspect in that incident also gained access to the home by forcing open the front door.
Police are currently investigating both burglaries. It is not yet known if the two incidents are connected.
If the suspect in either alleged burglary is apprehended, he could face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is classified as a third degree criminal offense. This means a conviction could result in the suspect being sentenced to 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Chester Township NJ police have asked that anyone with information about the possible burglaries contact detectives at 908-879-5513 ext. 832.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Home Broken into While Residents Were Inside, Chester Township Police Say.”