Police recently arrested two Bayville men and a Pine Beach man who are accused of stealing a number of items from a Hayes Avenue home, including a heavy gas grill, Detective Sgt. James J. Smith said.
Smith urged Berkeley residents to be vigilant and watch for suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods.
"To steal what they stole took great effort," Smith said. "We are using this as a reminder to people to look out for their neighbors. We encourage people to report suspicious activity.This wasn't easy."
Police arrested Cody Lessing, 19, Eastern Boulevard, Bayville, Ryan Blistyak, 20, Pine Beach and Dylan Kramer, 20, also Eastern Boulevard, in connection with the Aug. 30 thefts, Smith said.
The burglary took place sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The suspects broke a window on a rear porch door and ransacked the home while the residents were away, he said.
When Patrolman Michael Poikans and Dectective Joseph Santoro responded, they discovered a number of items had been taken, including jewelry, jewelry boxes, coins, currency, free weights and the gas grill, Smith said.
Many of the items were later recovered in local pawn shops, he said.
"Detective Santoro and Detective John Legg developed some leads which lead them to the arrests," Smith said. "We were able to return most of the property to the homeowners. We do weekly checks of pawn shops."
Lessing was charged with burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and theft by deception. Municipal Court Judge James Gluck set his bail at $20,000, with a ten percent option, police said.
Blistyak and Kramer were both charged with burglary and theft. Blistyak's bail was set at $70,000 with a ten percent option. Kramer's bail was set at $5,000 with a ten percent option, Smith said.