Brick Man, 19, Arrested for Burglarizing Neighbors' Homes
Patrick M. Ireland facing burglary charges
A township man has been arrested for burglarizing a home in his own neighborhood, police said Friday, with additional burglary charges pending.
Patrick M. Ireland, 19, of Tanager Way in the township's Herbertsville section, is suspected of burglarizing multiple homes on nearby streets, according to Capt. John Rein.
It all started Wednesday at 11:15 a.m., when residents on Merrimac Drive called police after they observed a suspicious male in the area of several neighbors' homes, Rein said. While police checked area, an off-duty officer and a resident saw a man, later determined to be Ireland, exit a home and flee on foot. After a being chased through several yards, Ireland was apprehended by Ptl. Mark Storch, Rein said.
During the chase, Ireland was observed throwing items to the ground. Those items were recovered and determined to be stolen jewelry from several homes in the area.
Ireland was charged with one count each of burglary, theft and criminal mischief and was released on his own recognizance, however he is suspected of committing additional daytime burglaries in the area. Detective Thomas Cooney is conducting the investigation and additional charges are pending the outcome of that investigation, Rein said.
Anyone with information with respect to Ireland or burglaries in the area, which is located off Thiele Road, is asked to contact Cooney at 732-262-1120.
A photo of Ireland was not available.