Middletown police investigate school burglaries


Middletown, New Jersey – Middletown Twp. Police Chief R. Craig Weber announced that the police department is currently investigating burglaries that occurred in three of Middletown’s townships. public schools for the past four days.

The first burglary took place on June 27e around 10:50 p.m. at Fairview Elementary School, located at 230 Cooper Road, in the Fairview section of Middletown Township. During this incident, four male subjects entered the school.

June 28e At approximately 2:45 a.m., three male subjects entered Bayview Elementary School, located at 300 Leonardville Road, in the Belford section of the township. Inside the school, the suspects wrote graffiti in various places. The suspects are described as follows:

  • Suspect #1 – Caucasian male, possibly 15-20 years old wearing a black mask, wearing a black and white hoodie, black pants and white sneakers, carrying a red backpack.
  • Suspect #2 – A Caucasian male, 15-20 years old, wearing a black face mask, blue shorts, white sneakers and carrying a black backpack.
  • Suspect #3 – A Caucasian male, 15-20 years old, wearing a pink face mask, brown or maroon hoodie with “Los Angeles” in white embroidered on the front, black pants, and wearing a ” Champion “black and white” brand backpack.
River Plaza School - Parking Lot 2
Suspects at River Plaza School – Parking Lot 2

The third burglary took place on June 30e at 8:20 p.m. at River Plaza Elementary School, River Plaza section. In this incident, the burglary was committed by two suspects, a man and a woman. The male suspect is described as Caucasian, possibly 15 to 20 years old, with long, wavy, dark hair, a black t-shirt and dark colored shorts. He has a watch or bracelet on his left wrist. The suspect is wearing black socks and sneakers. The suspect also appears to be between 15 and 20 years old. She is white, with straight, light brown or possibly red/blonde hair, wearing matching pants and top that appear to be green.

The Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for these incidents. Chief Weber said, “Our dedication to the safety and security of our schools does not end with the school year. We are committed to finding those responsible for these crimes and holding them accountable for their actions. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Keith Hirschbein or Detective Ricardo Cruz at (732) 615-2120.


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