WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A man has been charged with attempting to break into a home on Schooley’s Mountain Road Monday evening, police said.
On Feb. 15, at around 6:30 p.m., police responded to 268 Schooley’s Mountain Road for an activated burglar alarm. While officers were responding, a neighbor reported that a suspicious person was observed walking around the property, police said.
Once on scene, officers determined a back kitchen window to the residence was forced open and damaged. During the course of the investigation, officers located a male emerging from behind a snow bank across Schooley’s Mountain Road near the area of the residence, police said.
At that point, the male later identified as, Todd Sierfeld, was detained pending the remainder of the investigation. Officers on scene located shoe impressions around the residence, in the snow, which matched the tread pattern of his footwear, police said.
Officers also located a large pry bar in the snow where Sierfeld had been previously hiding. A witness provided a clothing description of the suspicious male, which matched the clothing that he was wearing at the time of the incident, police said.
Sierfeld was taken into custody and charged with possession of burglary tools, criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal mischief. He was released pending a Morris County Superior Court appearance.