A three month long investigation ended in late August when an alleged thief was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.
Gary Raffa Jr., 20, of Doe Dr. in Manalapan Township was charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property, according to a press release issued by the Manalapan Police Department.
According to police, Raffa has been responsible for a series of residential burglaries beginning in April and ending in July of this year. The police allege that Raffa entered homes by breaking a window in the back of the home, entering, targeting bedrooms, and largely removing jewelry.
According to a News Transcript article from early June, Raffa was arrested on warrants out of Elizabeth for being in the possession of stolen property on May 26.
On April 7, the article said, Raffa sold jewelry at Cash for Gold located at 845 Sumner St. in Elizabeth - the same day a resident of the same neighborhood Raffa lives in reported a burglary. The neighbor confirmed through pictures that the jewelry being sold was hers.
Raffa again tried to sell jewelry at the Cash for Gold in Elizabeth, and that jewelry wound up belonging to a resident of Lambs lane in Manalapan who had also been burglarized, according to the News Transcript.
Once the Manalapan police determined Raffa was pawning the stolen jewelry, according to Detective Alaimo, detectives searched Raffa’s home on Aug. 24 and recovered further proceeds from at least five burglaries.
A small amount of narcotics and burglar’s tools were also discovered, according to Detective Alaimo.
Raffa is currently remanded at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute on $139,000 bail.