Three Homes In One Neighborhood Have Been Targeted

MORRISTOWN, N.J.(CBSNewYork) — Residents of a Morristown, N.J. neighborhood were on edge on Friday following a rash of burglaries.

Victim Michelle Straub told CBS 2’s John Slattery that the incidents have her concerned.

“I don’t feel safe in my own home right now,” she said, “They kicked in the back door in the house into the laundry room and from the laundry room they kicked in another door.”

The break-in happened between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Monday while the family was out. Two other homes a stone’s throw away on Erskine Drive were also hit.

Two of the homes were entered through the rear. One had a back door that was left unlocked.

Authorities do not have any video of the break-ins but believe that the suspect is a local thief who moves on foot and carries a backpack. Some stolen jewelry has already been pawned, police said.

“We’re investigating that the jewelry has been identified by a victim in one of the pawn shops in another town in the county,” Morristown Police Chief Peter Demnitz said.

For neighbors the break-ins have served as a lesson to lock their doors and call police if they see something out of the ordinary.

Authorities told CBS 2 that they would be checking pawn-shop records to see if the person who pawned the valuables can be traced.

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