Nearly $15,000 in cash was stolen from two Franklin Lakes homes recently, according to borough police.
A Crystal Lake Terrace resident Monday reported that approximately $4,750 in cash was taken from her house during Memorial Day Weekend. That same day a Highwoods Drive resident told police that someone had stolen approximately $10,000 in cash from his home sometime between April 14 and May 15.
report that there were no signs of forced entry and no burglar alarms were activated at either home. Both cases are under investigation by detectives.
Police wouldn't specify whether the homes were left unlocked during the period in which the money was stolen nor where the homeowners had stashed the cash prior to the thefts.
FLPD Lieutenant John Bakelaar did confirm however that the money had not been locked in a safe.
"Keeping cash in a locked safe that is hidden in the house is always a good idea," Bakelaar said. "Too often safes are kept in the master bedroom and are easily found and removed."
Police have classified the incidents as thefts rather than burglaries because of a lack of forced entry in both cases.
Franklin Lakes residents have reported 14 burglaries to police so far this year, according to borough records.
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