Cars Burglarized at Franklin Lane Commuter Lot

Two car burglaries took place at the commuter lot and another car was burglarized on Notting Hill Court.

The Manalapan Police Department has reported three car burglaries in the township recently, two of which took place at the Franklin Lane Commuter Lot. 

A driver’s side window on a car was smashed out while parked in the Franklin Lane Commuter Lot on Nov. 26. The owner of the vehicle, a 66-year-old man from Morganville, told police that he parked the car in the lot at 5:45 a.m. and when he arrived at his car around 8 p.m. he saw the damage. According to police, it is unknown if anything was stolen from the car. 

While Ptl. Anthony Cascella was investigating the incident of the broken car window, he observed a car in the lot that was raised up on jacks and missing all four tires. Cascella contacted the 26-year-old owner of the car to let him know his car was burglarized. It is unknown by police if anything other than the rims and the tires of the car were stolen. 

On Dec. 1, police responded to a Notting Hill Court home for a report of a burglarized vehicle. The unlocked car was parked in an unsecured garage. According to police, various personal belongings valued at $7,700 were stolen from the vehicle. 

Police responded to the home at around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, but the victim, a 26-year-old woman, told police that the theft took place between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 30. Additionally, the vicitm’s credit card’s were stolen and fraudulent purchases totaling $603.65 were made to her cards. 

All of these cases are still under investigation by the Manalapan Police Department. If anyone has information on the car burglaries, you may contact police at 732-446-4300. 

The way it was December 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
This town has become an embarrassment . It's great that politicians say no increase in taxes, well we are getting what we pay for. No increase in police force, dirty streets, neon signs everywhere....
Mister Edwards December 06, 2013 at 09:45 PM
This town needs less cops. This is petty crime that happens everywhere. Get concerned when you read about people getting beaten in the streets or having their homes invaded with armed criminals. Till then, calm down skippy. This town is great.
Sarah December 07, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Why don't they put hidden cameras in the commuter parking lots?
The way it was December 07, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Hey Mister, how about the drug busts,, store break ins? Crime is a nasty business... Guess what the criminals know when there are less patrols and less of a chance of getting caught. how long have you lived here Skippy? This town has steadily been disintegrating.
John Tyler December 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Every one who leaves $7,700 worth of stuff in there unlocked car raise there hand. Unbelievable
Sarah December 08, 2013 at 12:20 AM
And there will be less patrols when the township builds multi million gym in the township complex. Resolution has already been passed. Governing committee sent the dispatchers to the county. I agree police need to be fit. Use the county facility. What happened to shared services? It is a requirement for them to stay fit but not during their shift.
Redacted December 08, 2013 at 01:32 PM
The dispatchers who went to the County got an instant raise from their Manalapan salaries so don't cry too hard. Those that didn't want to go were free to pursue other things. Besides with Fire & EMS County dispatched, coordination between agencies is quicker & smoother than ever. And the associated costs are spread out over 500,000 county residents and dropped from the town tax roll. What's not to like? At last I heard Manalapan PD has a ongoing physical fitness requirement with re-testing at least once a year. Look at some of the other Officers in this state, why wouldn't you want fit trim Officers who are not only better equipped physically for the demands of the job, but also less likely to be injured in a physical confrontation (think workman comp claims) or a 300 pounder in a fight or a foot pursuit? Use the County facility? OK how much would we pay in "travel time or mileage" . You know the Union would demand this. AFAIK it's in their PBA contract they be given the time and equipment to fulfill their physical fitness job requirements BEFORE or AFTER their shifts, so take it up with their UNION.


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