A Franklin Lakes resident is missing $16,800 worth of personal property in a curious incident that borough police are currently investigating.
The Franklin Lake Road resident notified police that nearly $17,000 worth of jewelry and a wallet was missing from his home on Sept. 5.
He told cops that the items were apparently snatched from his master bedroom, according to a police report.
The man first noticed the jewelry and wallet had gone missing before leaving for vacation on Aug. 25, according to the report. Details are hazy as to why the Franklin Lake Road resident waited 11 days to report the vanished valuables to police.
When asked about the incident, Franklin Lakes Police Lt. John Bakelaar was mum about details, citing an open investigation.
He did confirm that there was no forced entry at the home and that the case was being treated as a theft.
"There was no indication of forced entry or unauthorized entry, therefore it is classified as a theft at this point, not burglary," Bakelaar said. "That could change as the investigation continues."
Detective Anthony Pacelli investigated the theft, police said.
reported a Crystal Lake Terrace resident who had approximately $4,750 in cash was taken from her house during Memorial Day Weekend. Around that same time a Highwoods Drive resident told police that someone had stolen approximately $10,000 in cash from his borough home sometime between April 14 and May 15.
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