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New Jersey home invasion problem extends to Union Township, where homeowner’s Jeep stolen

UNION TOWNSHIP, New Jersey (WABC) — A home invasion problem that has been widespread in New Jersey has now appeared in Union County, where cameras caught burglars breaking into a home and stealing a car.

Burglars are bold, brazen and are not afraid to enter a home while the residents are sleeping.

The burglars were captured on Ring video searching a home to find a key fob.

The homeowner says they tried to get in through a side window but eventually entered through a back door.

“I have children, the situation could have been very different,” the owner said. “I’m glad my family is okay, it’s just disturbing.”

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One of the suspects had his face covered and was looking out the front door window.

Police say several similar incidents were reported overnight in Union and neighboring towns. In one case, the Ring camera captures a conversation between the suspects.

This is a persistent problem in New Jersey, where car thefts remain a top concern for citizens and officials.

“BMWs, Mercedes, Range Rovers sometimes, all high-end cars,” said Union Township Police Department Det. Captain Pietro Digena, who highlighted some of the attacked vehicles.

The owner moved here to leave crime behind, but followed it from Brooklyn to Union.

“My family is fine, that’s the main thing,” said the owner. “Just be much more alert, I’ll be much more alert from now on.”


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