On Thursday, June 27th at approximately 7:20 a.m., police were dispatched to a vacant house in the Mapleton development for a report of an open window. Upon arrival, police found signs of forced entry and checked the interior of the residence. Once inside, police located a 17 year-old male, who had been charged days earlier for a similar offense. The juvenile was arrested again and transported to police headquarters for processing. An interview of the juvenile led to the discovery that he was responsible for other crimes in the township. He was charged with two counts of Criminal Trespass, one count of Criminal Mischief, an additional count of Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance for a “joyriding” incident that took place on June 13th, and a charge for theft from a vehicle that occurred on June 3rd. The juvenile was later released to the custody of his father pending a hearing in the Burlington County Juvenile Court.
Although we are confident this juvenile’s spree has been derailed, police are asking for assistance from the community for information on any unoccupied homes. If you are aware of a home that is vacant or will be unoccupied for a period, please send us the address and any other information you have about the property. Please forward information via the Contact Us page.