Duo burglarized at least 27 concession stands in NJ, cops say
Crooks are making easy money at concession stands across New Jersey, making short work of flimsy locks to grab cash, goodies and expensive equipment.
Investigators say a couple is likely responsible for a crime spree targeting stands at Little League, recreation and school facilities in six counties in North Jersey.
In South Jersey, meanwhile, burglars ripped off a snack stand at North Camden Little League on Wednesday.
It's not clear whether the Camden burglary is related to the North Jersey smash-and-grabs, which number at least 27 in Morris, Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, Passaic and Sussex since April 25, Morris County officials said Friday. Officials in North Jersey said the crooks damaged doors and stole cash and food. At one location, they stole $700 in cash.
The Morris County Sheriff's Office said concession stand operators should not store cash and valuables in the structures.
In Camden, the thieves made off with a lot more: a flat-top grill, refrigerators, a water ice freezer, a deep fryer, coolers and a microwave. They also helped themselves to hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, soda, Gatorade, plastic containers and cutlery.
Camden County police released video stills showing a white pickup truck and a suspect hauling a water ice freezer.
The Morris County sheriff released still images of the pair captured by surveillance cameras while breaking into the Woodbridge Little League concession stand. The sheriff's office is helping law enforcement agencies across the state coordinate data in order to nab the culprits.
The locations of the other reported burglaries:
- Parsippany-Troy Hills E. Little League
- Jefferson Parks Department
- Burnham Park Little League
- Lake Parsippany Park
- Madison High School
- Dodge Field in Madison
- Anderson Field in Kinnelon
- Donatoni Park in Rockaway Borough
- Elmwood Park
- Hasbrouck Heights
- Thieves burglarized the same stand twice in Totowa
- Two fields in Clifton
- Little Falls
- Two stands in Stanhope Borough
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