Cops: Burglar Ransacks Bon Jovi’s N.J. Waterfront Mansion

Cops: Suspect Arrested After Stealing $100,000 From Rocker

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — He gives larceny a bad name.

Police have nabbed a burglar who allegedly broke into Jon Bon Jovi’s home.

Investigators said Nicholas Tracy, 21, broke into three other homes, including Bon Jovi’s $22 million estate, earlier this month. Police said the suspect stole $100,000 in jewelry from the rock star’s home and around $500,000, mostly jewelry, during his spree.

Police said they caught Tracy red handed, hiding in a bathroom inside one of his targets in the ritzy, waterfront oasis along Red Bank’s Navesink River.

Even Bon Jovi’s round-the clock-security, including his hidden cameras, were no match.

“I’ve never actually seen him, so I don’t think he’s there very much,” said Christy Hatzfeld, Bon Jovi’s neighbor.

Hatzfeld grew up next door to Bon Jovi, and is now house sitting for her parents. She remembered being robbed before.

“Several years ago, I was a teenager maybe, when I was laying by the pool, and actually robbed us while I was home, so it was a little scary,” Hatzfeld said.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis rang the intercom on the gate twice on Friday, but there was no sign of Bon Jovi, though he did find security, just beyond the gates, keeping a close eye.

“You would think that Bon Jovi’s house would be buttoned up like Fort Knox,” neighbor Noah Heinle said.

One neighbor said the thefts are a wake-up call for this expensive enclave.

“It can happen to anybody, even Bon Jovi,” one person said.

Tracy’s bail has been set at $100,000.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • JF

    actually, I know Nick personally and he did not have bad parents, his mother is actually very sweet and tried her best her whole life to provide for him. Nick, on the other hand, has a sense of arrogance and an “anti-establishment” mindset. the first burglary may have been to help his mother financially, because he felt hopeless, and the ones afterwards, including Bon Jovi, were for the thrill because he thought he could. Don’t be ignorant and blame the parents. Yes, bad parenting can influence a child, but a person makes their OWN choices, and this is NICK’S issue, not his mother.

    • onceanaunt

      @JF–I agree wholeheartedly–

  • onceanaunt

    I am sorry to hear about this whole incident—no one,not even the rich and famous deserve to be robbed and it makes me very sad for Nick’s choice commit such a crime. I am sure he will get the punishment he deserves, as there seems no doubt as to his guilt—I pity his family who will have to bear the pain of knowing he will spend a good deal of his life incarcerated. What a terrible waste!

  • Camila from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    I can not understand how a thief can get in mansions monitored by advanced security system without being noticed. I believe that newly hired employees or employees recently laid off should be investigated, as well as people who provided self-employment at home. These people have access to information about the routines of residents and can have them transferred to the assailant. It should also investigate the possibility of the security team have participation in the case (by facilitating the entry of the burglar who broke into the homes). Thanks for posting the video!

  • bubble51

    I am sure BJ’s jewelry had insurance on the items. I just do not know why someone, rich or poor, would buy high-priced jewelry? Oh well people do what they want to do and have. I bet I can buy some jewelry at JCP’s and it will look expensive and look great all under $20.00.

    • Camila from Sao Paulo, Brazil

      The rich tend to invest their money in property, jewelry…

  • victor

    the burgler or intruder they will call him, is a good example of bad parental control when he was younge, now, he is a habitual criminal and will spend stents in prison all his life…

  • Aerostockians

    I am always at a loss to understand how the rich pay millions for a house and then cut corners on security. If I was BJ I would go hire myself 10 homeless people and build them a small motel type house and they would do wonders keeping the thieves away. Sometimes cheap labor can be the best laborers. There are some good honest homeless people who only want a permanent roof overhead – 3 hots and a cot – and they will happily patrol day and night, just for the price of no one bothering them. Just to perform a job and be left alone.

    • steve

      Are you kidding? Most homeless people have some sort of mental illness (alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.). They’d be the first to wipe him out. Don’t be so naive.

      • Camila from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        Jon Bon Jovi has a foundation that helps homeless people to have a better life by offering them assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs (

  • steve thorne

    The World Bank estimates there are about 1.2 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day. I don’t have any sympathy for Jon ,does he know what suffering is going on ? Or for that matter any of the other super rich ,they could do so much but I guess they won’t .22 mill mansion and how many does he have ?

    • Ana

      Are you against success? Are you advocating that we all live on $1.25 a day? What’s your point?

  • Gus

    Get it right. Your clip on TV says Red Bank. His home is on the other side of the river in Middletown.

  • Mike Kaufmann

    I didn’t know Bon Jovi was still alive. The things you learn online!

    • Bek

      things you learn online- trolling doesnt pay off?

  • Daniel

    It’s almost a shame to have an estate that nice in a state as stinky as New Jersey.

    • JF

      it’s almost a shame how stereotypical and ignorant you are as well…

  • Joe

    That burglar was wanted. WANTED!!! Dead or Alive.

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  • Camila from Sao Paulo, Brazil

    CBS New York did a story about the burglary at the home of Jon Bon Jovi? Could you be kind enough to post the video here?

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