PITMAN — A Mantua man was arrested Sunday in connection with a burglary in Pitman.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, at 5:17 p.m., police responded to a call for a suspicious person in the 300 block of Lexington Avenue.
According to the caller, an unknown male was walking around the yard of a vacant residence. The male was not located by police at the time of the call.
On Sunday, Jan. 18 at 1:24 p.m., Ptl. Ken Decker was proactively patrolling in the 300 block of Lexington Avenue when he spotted a red van in the driveway where the suspicious person had been seen the day before, said police.
The man, wearing a partial black mask and a black “beanie” cap, was kneeling by the side of the house pulling pipes out of the basement, police said. The man was arrested by Decker.
Sgt Thomas Zander and officers from Mantua Township arrived to help check the inside of the house, said police.
Officers discovered that several lengths of copper pipe had been cut from the water lines inside the house, police said.
Matthew Kearney, 27, wash charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief and was lodged in the Salem County Jail in lieu of $50,000 full-cash bail.