String of burglaries reported in Upper Township

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UPPER TOWNSHIP – Residents have reported a string of home burglaries in Upper Township over the holidays, according to State Police.


According to police, homes in Upper Township have been burglarized while residents were not at home. There have been no reported robberies while someone was in their home, according to State Police.

Residents who talked with The Gazette said burglars are apparently knocking on doors in the township and breaking in if nobody answers. If someone does answer, they give an excuse like being a contractor looking to repair storm damage or perform siding work, according to neighbors.

Those visits have occurred as late as 9 p.m., they said, making them suspicious. 

At least three homes in Marmora and Seaville have been burglarized, including on Corson Tavern Road and Butter Road. A unit in Osprey Point, a senior living community in Palermo, was also apparently burglarized.

The burglaries began shortly before Christmas, according to residents. The home on Corson Tavern Road was burglarized this week. Burglars kicked in the door and stole jewelry and cash, according to a resident. They did not steal any electronics in the home, he said.

Mayor Richard Palombo said State Police have informed local officials of burglaries. He said residents should take normal precautions to lock their homes and cars.

"If someone knocks on your door late at night and gives a suspicious excuse, by all means residents should report that to the police," he said. "Unfortunately, people are maybe taking advantage of the holiday season when residents aren't at home."


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