Authorities have arrested a Morris County man who they say snuck into a Sea Girt beachfront home last week, stealing valuables and a car as the couple renting the property continued to sleep.
Justin Leuzarder, 39, of Morristown has been charged with burglary and third-degree larceny stemming from the Aug. 15 incident, according to Acting Monmouth County District Attorney Lori Linskey.
Sea Girt Police responded at around 5.30am to a reported burglary at a house in Morven Terrace, where an Audi A5 was stolen from the driveway with electronics, cash and credit cards inside .
Investigators found that Leuzarder entered through an unlocked back door shortly after 2 a.m., while the two tenants inside remained asleep.
Later that morning, Leuzarder was taken into custody following a traffic stop in Denville, police said.
The Audi and many stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners.
“This is certainly not a problem limited to one city, or even one county – there has been an increase in motor vehicle thefts across the state and beyond this year,” Linskey said. in a written statement. “Landlords and renters need to remember to make sure they lock their car, take their key fobs with them and please lock their home. It’s scary to think that the victims in this case were in their apartment while the accused was in the house.
“This case provides a good opportunity to remind the public to always remember to keep your home and vehicle locked,” Sea Girt Police Chief Justin Macko said in the same written statement. “Preventing theft is very often as simple as taking quick and easy steps to protect yourself and your property.”
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at [email protected]
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