April 15, 2011

JBJ's Jersey home burglarized

I have been terribly lazy in posting updates here lately - and I apologize. It was another of those stretches of time when school, exams, and personal life kind of consumed and drowned me, and with the band on break, this blog went to the back-burner. Sorry about that!

but this snagged my attention today, and I thought it was worth posting:

From app.com:

MIDDLETOWN — The riverside home of rocker and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi and properties of his Navesink River Road neighbors were burglarized by a Beachwood man accused of heisting more than $500,000 in jewelry from the homes over the past month, police said.

Nicholas J. Tracy, 21, of Clubhouse Road in Beachwood, was arrested Wednesday, after a burglar alarm was tripped at a home in the 400 block of Navesink River Road, prompting Patrolmen Ryan Riffert and Carl Roth to respond to the scene, according to Detective Lt. Stephen Dollinger.

The patrolmen searched the home to discover Tracy hiding in a third-floor bathroom, Dollinger said.

Following an investigation by Detectives William Strohkirch and Peter White, Tracy was charged with burglarizing Bon Jovi's 15-acre estate -- assessed at $22.25 million -- along the Navesink River on April 3, where he grabbed jewelry belonging to Bon Jovi's wife Dorothea Bongiovi valued at $100,000, according to documents.

Tracy also is accused of burglarizing the home of former American Eagle Outfitters chief George Kolber on March 14, netting jewelry valued at $103,912, according to court records. Kolber's mansion along the river was assessed at $7.66 million in 2009, according to property records.

Tracy is accused of grabbing $300,000 in jewelry from the home of Little Silver ophthalmologist Martin Uram on April 1, court records reveal. Uram's estate along the Navesink River is assessed at $2.49 million, property records show.

Dollinger said investigators have found no previous connection between Tracy and the properties. Many of the stolen items were recovered after Tracy's arrest, Dollinger said.

Tracy is charged with four counts of third-degree burglary and three counts of second-degree theft. He was remanded to the Monmouth County Jail in Freehold Township on $100,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by township Municipal Court Judge Richard Thompson. He remains in the jail today, according to jail records.

Court officials said there is no attorney listed for Tracy.

Bon Jovi's foundation, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, just announced plans to open a community restaurant in Red Bank.

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