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New Jersey - Lengthy Investigation In Little Silver Nabs "Professional Burglar" And $1M In Stolen Goods

Published on: December 18, 2015 01:18 PM
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Little Silver, NJ - Following an 8 month investigation, Little Silver police have arrested a Neptune Township man who they term a “professional burglar” and along with him have recovered some $1M in stolen goods.

APP.com (http://on.app.com/1T62BSX) reports that police say Thursday’s arrest of 54 year-old Thomas “Tommy” W Earls capped an investigation that included detectives from Ocean Township and other neighboring departments as well, and netted goods believed to stolen in Monmouth County break-ins dating back to 2012.

In describing Earls as a “professional burglar,” Shrewsbury Borough Police Detective Sgt. James Ramsey said Earls is as slick as they come when it comes to methodology.

“He would park a car sometimes up to a mile away from the home he was going to burglarize,” Ramsey explained. “Walk around and walk up to the home. He had different methods of breaking into homes. One method would be, if a dog was barking and no one was telling the dog to be quiet, he knew no one was home. He kept dog treats in his pocket and would burglarize the home. Then he would load the merchandise from the burglary into your car, steal your car and drive it back to his car and unload it.”


Earls was booked on six counts of burglary, six counts of theft, six counts of receiving stolen property, one count of criminal mischief, one count of shoplifting, and one count theft by unlawful taking means of conveyance.

Police released photos of the many stolen goods they found click here  to see.

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