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$16,800 in Jewelry Stolen from Franklin Lake Road Home

Cops are investigating the disappearance of thousands of dollars of goods from the home's master bedroom

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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Janet September 07, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Jewelry worth that much should be locked up in a safe deposit box..no? Especially while gone on vacation..
JAZ September 07, 2012 at 12:22 PM
No, notice he says the goods were taken prior to going on vacation.
AML September 07, 2012 at 04:34 PM
This story does not sound quite right! How could anyone be so dumb as to have noticed $17K worth of jewelry & a wallet missing before going on vacation and not reporting the theft before leaving for vacation? Did he think that the jewelry fairy would have found it & returned it? If he did not care then to report it as obviously $17K is just a drop in the bucket for him....he had to have his vacation, why bother reporting it at all? If the homeowner did not care then, why should the police care now? Perhaps, he is looking for a way to recoup the cost of his vacation!
John Briggs September 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
AML, are you really trying to say that the police should not investigate a theft because somebody didn't report it immediately? A crime is a crime, no matter how long you wait to report it. Investigating crimes is what the police are paid to do. Moreover, an investigation may not only lead to clues about this particular incident but others as well. Even if 17K is a drop in the bucket for this individual, the crime needs to be investigated. Although I agree that it sounds strange to report it upon arriving at home, there is something missing from the story and that is likely why the police would not provide details.
MER September 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Mum on details? No forced entry? An 11 day wait to report the loss? An ongoing investigation. I would speculate that the items were taken by a family member, friend, or someone else with access to the house that the homeowner.
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 05:59 PM
...it's worth nothing that this incident took place in Franklin Lakes.
Antonio September 07, 2012 at 07:44 PM
My mistake on "Wyckoff comment" Wyckoff and Franklins lakes areas are becoming stomping grounds for these migrating Felons, More patrols and better neighborhood watch groups should be in order, but this particular theft does smell a little fishy...Time will reveal the facts. Looks like there will be more crimes on the horizon.

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