Two neighboring homes were burglarized on Troy Drive during the weekend, according to Livingston Police.
The residents of the first burglarized home told police they returned to their house Saturday around 7:30 p.m. after the home was left empty since 2:30 p.m., police said. The homeowners found two first-floor windows pried open, according to authorities.
The dressers and closets in the master bedroom were raided and personal items were strewn throughout the room, said police.
The homeowners reported only a purse stolen from the house, said police.
While canvassing the neighborhood, Livingston police officers discovered the residence next door had also been burglarized, said police.
Police found a similar scene in the second home: dressers and closets in the master bedroom were rummaged through, in addition to numerous jewelry boxes opened and strewn about, according to police.
The residents of the second home were also not at home during the burglary, said police. Police contacted those homeowners, who said they left their home around 5:30 p.m. that same day.
There were no items reported missing from the second home, said police.
Livingston Police Sgt. Anthony Dippold said the burglaries are “definitely” connected.
“This is common with a group that travels to different areas … to do burglaries,” said Dippold. “We’ve seen this before where they’ll hit one house and then hit the house next door or they'll hit a couple houses within the same area.”
Investigation is still ongoing for both burglaries, said police.
Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call the Livingston Police Department at (973) 992-3000.