Montville Township police received a report of a break-in at a home on Underwood Road. When officers arrived at the residence, they found evidence to suggest that the front door had been forced open.
According to police, the homeowner realized something was amiss when he heard a noise at the front door. The homeowner asked if anyone was outside; this prompted the person at the door to leave the area.
The homeowner then heard a loud motorcycle departing the area. However, he did not get a visual of the suspect.
The Montville Township Police Department is currently investigating the incident.
If the suspect in the case is identified and later apprehended, they could be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is typically classified as a third degree criminal offense. Anyone who enters, or attempts to enter, a structure with the purpose to commit an offense may be charged with third degree burglary. A conviction on this charge can result in a sentence of 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone with information about the possible home invasion attempt is asked to contact Montville police at 973-257-4300.
For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Police Investigating Attempted Burglary in Montville.”