The Morris Township Police Department received a call about a break-in at a residence on Blackberry Lane. The caller told police that she had locked herself in the bathroom while making the phone call.
The resident also told police that she could hear the intruder moving around in the bedroom.
When Morris Township police officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was already gone.
Police officers from Morris Township and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit canvassed the neighborhood in search of the suspect. Additionally, members of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit assisted with the search. However, police were unable to find the intruder.
Investigators believe that the suspect gained access to the home by smashing a door in the rear of the house.
The investigation into the alleged burglary attempt remains ongoing.
If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, they could be subject to very serious criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2, burglary is ordinarily classified as a third degree felony. This means that the offender could potentially be sentenced to 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Morris Township police have asked that anyone with information about the alleged theft please contact investigators at 973-326-7480.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Locked Herself in Bathroom, Dialed 911 After Intruder Broke into Home, Morris Township Cops Say.”