Burglars Strike Again in Franklin Lakes

Jewelry was lifted from a Ewing Road home while homeowners were away Friday, Franklin Lakes Police said.

Burglars struck in Franklin Lakes last week, stealing jewelry from a borough resident, police said Monday. 

Cops say crooks likely entered the Ewing Avenue home sometime during a window of about 12 hours on Friday and made off with jewelry belonging to the homeowner.

"There were no signs of forced entry" at the home, but "the investigation continues," said Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar.

The home wasn't ransacked though, as is sometimes seen in residential burglaries, and an investigation is ongoing.

Cops responded to seven alarms throughout the borough on Friday, but the Ewing Avenue residence in question was not one of those, Bakelaar confirmed.

"The [overwhelming] majority of burglaries in Franklin Lakes are near county roads," the lieutenant said Monday. "Most of the county roads intersect with Rt. 208."

Franklin Lakes Police last week arrested after cops say they found approximately $10,000 in stolen goods lifted from an Oakland home on the hitchhikers, cops said.

Borough police have reported more than a dozen burglaries this year, including a recent burglary in which looters through a garage and stole an unspecified amount of jewelry.

"Burglary prevention tips are available online and from time to time we have reiterated them in press releases, Borough Email Blast, Reverse 911, etc. Residents should always exercise caution whether we are experiencing a cycle of burglaries or not," Bakelaar told Patch for a , adding that burglary cycles occur every year without exception.

Other recent personal property crimes in Franklin Lakes include a Laurie Lane resident who reported that burglars slashed open a screen, kicked down a rear door and ransacked their home, and — two days prior — .

The Kent Place burglary is also just a stone's throw from Franklin Lakes's border with Wayne, where .  

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