Shortly after 10 a.m., police captured a suspect in the Monmouth Mobile Home Park who is believed to have been part of the early morning Beekman Manor burglaries. Authorities were originally working off information from eyewitnesses that pointed to one suspect, but reports from residents over the course of Monday morning indicated a second suspect was involved in the robberies.
"Multiple reports came in reporting a second suspect in the New Road area," police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan said. "He ran a couple of times when officers approached him."
Authorities are still searching for the original suspect in the incident. The suspect is described by police as a light skinned black male standing 5-feet 6-inches, with curly hair that has a blonde streak. The suspect has tattoos on his arms and neck, and was wearing blue Jeans, red Sneakers and a blue hooded sweatshirt and/or light grey or white t-shirt, police said.
Units from the South Brunswick Police Department, New Jersey State Police aviation and K-9 squads are actively searching for a suspect who alluded police after a foot chase early Monday morning.
At 4:55 a.m., South Brunswick Police were alerted by a resident of Beekman Manor to a male trying to break into vehicles in the development. Officers arrived at the scene to find several unlocked parked vehicles that had been ransacked.
Police also located the suspect’s vehicle in the development. During a subsequent search of the area, officers saw the suspect hiding in some bushes at about 6:40 a.m.
The suspect fled from the scene as officers pursued him on foot, but they were unable to apprehend the burglar, who was last seen in the Timber Ponds development. South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan said one officer was injured in the pursuit and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The search is continuing in the area of the Timber Ponds and Beekman Manor developments. Schools in the area have taken appropriate precautions, Sgt. Ryan said.
The suspect's last known whereabouts were reported to police by a resident at around 8:30 a.m. near Laurie Drive.
It's unknown at this time if the suspect is connected to a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred last week in Monmouth Junction and Dayton. Over a two-day span last week, there five reported thefts from unlocked cars.
In two of the incidents the suspect stole the vehicles, including a 2007 gold Saturn Ion and a 2011 black Mercedes Benz. Sgt. Ryan said the Mercedes that was stolen was located Saturday morning in Trenton.
The suspect's vehicle is also registered out of Trenton, but Sgt. Ryan said it has temporary plates and it's unknown if that vehicle had also been stolen.
The suspect is described by police as a light skinned black male standing 5-feet 6-inches, with curly hair that has a blonde streak. The suspect has tattoos on his arms and neck, and was wearing blue Jeans, red Sneakers and a blue hooded sweatshirt and/or light grey or white t-shirt, police said.
"We're asking residents to be alert and call us if they see anything suspicious," Ryan said.