A township man is facing burglary charges after observant Deerberry Lane residents helped police locate the suspect on Tuesday afternoon.
Shawn Foster, 41, of South Brunswick, was charged yesterday with burglary and theft after eyewitness tips placed the car he was driving at the site of a home break-in earlier this week.
On Monday evening, a Deerberry Lane resident returned home at 6:30 p.m. and discovered his house had been burglarized. The homeowner noticed an open window and soon found that cash and jewelry had been taken from the residence.
Officers were able to locate two neighbors who said they witnessed a male by the window of the home earlier in the afternoon. One of the witnesses was able to provide police with the license plate number for a black Mercedes Benz the suspect drove away from the scene in. The Mercedes came back registered to a Vineland woman, but officers were unable to locate it Monday night.
On Tuesday at 3:15 p.m., Sgt. Scott Reeves observed the Mercedes on Georges Road and conducted a motor vehicle stop on Revere Road in the Deans Pond Crossing Development.
Police found Foster driving the vehicle and discovered he had an outstanding warrant from the Middlesex County Sheriff for non-payment of child support. Officers then searched the vehicle and were able to recover several items taken from the Deerberry Lane burglary, including mail and a checkbook. Police also seized $3,000 in cash.
Foster was lodged in the Middlesex County Correction Center on $18,000 bail.
“Time and time again I point to our partnership with the community that creates positive outcome in cases," Chief Raymond J. Hayducka said. "These residents were attentive to their new neighbor’s home and reported what they saw. They provided the crucial lead that allowed officers to track the suspect down in less than 24 hours.”
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