New Jersey home invasion problem spreads to Union County where homeowner's Jeep was stolen

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Friday, March 29, 2024
Police investigating rash of home invasions in NJ
Anthony Johnson is in Union County as officials look into a series of brazen burglaries.

UNION TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WABC) -- A home invasion problem that has been pervasive in New Jersey, has now appeared in Union County, where cameras caught burglars invading a home and stealing a car.

The burglars are bold, brazen and not afraid to enter a home while residents are sleeping.

The thieves were captured on Ring video casing a house to find a key fob.

The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, says they tried to go through a side window but eventually broke in through a back door.

"I have kids, the situation could've played out a lot differently," the homeowner said. "I'm glad my family is OK, it's just unsettling."

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One of the suspects had his face covered and was looking through the front door window.

"It feels like a violation, you know, a place where you rest your head," the homeowner said. "To have people desperate enough to come in just to steal a car."

Police say there were several similar incidents reported overnight in Union and neighboring towns. In one case, the Ring camera picks up a conversation between the suspects.

This is a persistent problem in New Jersey where auto thefts continue to be a main concern for citizens and officers.

"BMWs, Mercedes, Range Rovers at times -- all the high-end cars," said Union Township Police Department Det. Capt. Pietro Digena, who highlighted some of the vehicles being targeted.

The thieves seen in the video did get away and stole a Jeep.

The owner moved here to leave crime behind, but it has followed him from Brooklyn to Union.

"My family is OK, that's the main thing," the homeowner said. "Just be a lot more alert, I'm going to be a lot more alert from now on."


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