Township police have arrested and charged two people in connection with a recent string of home burglaries and ask for the public's help in preventing more break-ins, authorities said late Tuesday.
Robert T. Ferguson, 21, of Jackson, was arrested on Thursday by Jackson Township police following a traffic stop in Jackson. Ferguson was taken into custody by Wall Township Police and charged in connection with two home burglaries in the north end of town, according to a statement released by Sgt. Steven Wolter.
Ferguson was charged in connection with a burglary attempt at a residence in the 4100 hundred block of Belmar Boulevard on Sept. 16 and a residential burglary and theft in the 4200 hundred block of Belmar Boulevard on Sept. 22, the release said.
Ferguson was charged with third degree conspiracy to commit burglary, third degree burglary and theft of movable property in connection with the Sept. 16 incident, the release said.
He was also charged with third degree receiving stolen property in connection with the Sept. 22 incident in Lakewood, the release said.
Police also siezed the Detectives 1992 Toyota Camry Ferguson was driving at the time of his arrest for further investigation, the release said.
Ferguson was taken to Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $42,000 bail, the release said.
Wall Police then issued a warrant for the arrest of Fergusons accomplice Christopher Kiraly, 23, also of Jackson, the release said.
The next day, Marlboro Police arrested Kiraly at a local motel while conducting a burglary investigation. Kiraly was also charged with burglary and theft in connection with crimes there, the release said.
Kiraly also was taken to Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township, in lieu of $45,000 bail, the release said.
Wall Police also are actively working to identify suspects responsible for 10 residential burglaries throughout the township occurring since Sept. 11, the release said.
The police believe there are several groups of suspects responsible for the burglaries and are askingresidents to immediately report any suspicious activity, the release said.
Police said the majority of the burglaries have occured between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
"If confronted at a house, the suspects use a variety of explanations why they would be at your front door or walking the property,'' the release said. "Please lock all doors, windows and activate alarms when leaving your residence. Also, be sure all motion detector lights are working properly, secure all gates, lock or secure all outdoor structures (sheds/cabanas), lock all motor vehicles and leave no visible valuable property in motor vehicles."