At 4:49 am on Saturday, October 19th, police were dispatched to investigate a burglary on Stratton Avenue located in the Hedding area of Mansfield Township. Investigation determined that an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry into the residence with a blunt object while the family was asleep in the residence. The family was alerted to the entry and discovered that their rear door window had been smashed with a blunt object and a purse was stolen along with its contents. A search of the area for the suspect(s) revealed that a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence on Kinkora Road had also been forcibly entered and several items removed. The search for the suspect(s) turned out to be negative. During the morning hours, police were dispatched to several other residences on Jacksonville Road and First Street for reports of vehicles both forcibly and non-forcibly entered and articles of value removed.
Two purses and their contents were later located and returned to their owners. One purse was found discarded on Jacksonville Road. The second purse was returned to the homeowner by a good samaritan who found it while out for a walk in Fieldsboro Township. All scenes were processed for evidence and the investigations have been turned over the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau. Any persons with tips or information, such as unreported suspicious vehicles or persons observed in the area of Jacksonville, Kinkora Road and Stratton Avenue during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 19 are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 609-298-4411.