Metuchen PD arrest Elizabeth man for Clinton Place burglary

Well, this is unsettling.

Metuchen Police arrested Alfred Jones, 58, of Elizabeth, for allegedly breaking into a home on Clinton Place on June 7 and taking several items, police said.

Jones allegedly entered the home through a first floor window attached to the front porch between midnight and 6 a.m. June 7, said Metuchen police Sgt. Arthur Flaherty. The residents were at home and asleep at the time, police said.

Detectives arrested Jones within three hours of the call on West Grand Ave. in Elizabeth, police said. He was allegedly in possession of all the stolen property from the residence, police said. Jones was arrested for burglary and theft and transported to Middlesex County Correction Center with bail set at $50,000, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate whether Jones could be tied to other cases in the borough and other places. Last October, we reported on a rash of at least five incidents of home break-ins or attempted break-ins. It’s not clear if anyone has been arrested in those incidents.

“Someone breaking into a home during the day, 99.9 percent of the time is not looking for a confrontation,” Metuchen police chief David Irizarry said at the time. “Usually they’ll knock a few times, wait for someone to come and if no one comes, they usually bang the door.”


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