Car Break-ins Reported at Two Gyms in Stafford

Feb 05, 2019

On Monday, Feb. 4, Stafford Township police responded to two separate vehicle burglary theft incidents involving forced entry into locked vehicles.

The first was at Tilton Fitness on Route 9 in the Mayetta section, where the victim found her vehicle rear side window smashed and her purse missing. The crime was identical a short time later at Retro Fitness on East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin.

Both purses were taken from the rear seat areas of the vehicles, with rear passenger side windows broken.

As the police department’s recent social media crime prevention tips have warned, such burglary incidents have been on the rise throughout the area. Residents are urged to conceal personal items out of sight, by stowing purses, briefcases, laptops and other valuables under seats or in compartment areas. Alternatively, police advise to cover items with clothing or blankets. The best idea, however, is not to leave items of value in a vehicle but rather bring them inside and secure them in lockers at health clubs and fitness facilities.

Anyone who might have information on these incidents is asked to contact Officer Russ Dunfee at or (09-597-1189, extension 8444. —V.F.

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