UPDATE: Police Identify Alleged Crestwood Village Burglar, Issue Charges

Police arrest a 26-year-old man in connection with multiple Crestwood Village burglaries

police have a 26-year-old man in custody in connection with a months-long string of burglaries in the Crestwood Villages. 

Jason M. Clancy was arrested after 10:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mill Road home in Crestwood Village VI where he lives with his parents, Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski said.

"We thought he was in that area, and sure enough he was," Klimakowski said Thursday night. 

So far, Clancy has been charged with three counts of burglary, two counts of theft and three counts of criminal mischief, Capt. Lisa Parker said Friday morning. The investigation continues and police expect that more charges "are forthcoming," the captain said. 

"Jason Clancy was arrested at his home where much of the proceeds from the burglaries were recovered," Parker said. 

Clancy was taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $35,000.00 bail with no 10 percent option, according to Parker. 

A positive fingerprint identification obtained from one of the targeted homes led police to identify the man as the alleged burglar. His name was not immediately released Thursday night while he was being processed, Klimakowski said. 

Police were investigating multiple burglaries and attempted burglaries in Crestwood Villages I, VI and VII, in which unlocked doors and windows were used to enter homes. The total number of completed or attempted burglaries in the villages had risen to 60 since early July; a third of those were entered and money and jewelry was taken, according to Parker. 

Village VI, where the suspect lives, appeared to have been hit the hardest by the burglaries, Klimakowski has said. Officers believed that the younger suspect may have been living in Crestwood Village with older family members given the proximity of the houses targeted, the chief has said. 

Assisting with the investigation were members of the Ocean County Sheriff's Department Crimalistics Investigation Unit and K9 units, the Toms River Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Parker said. 

Parker asked that anyone with information on the burglaries contact Detective Craig Beaulieu 732-657-2009, ext. 4205.

Billabong September 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
BD, I believe Toni is saying that she's heard nothing about it, whereas the Chief directly addressed the Crestwood residents. I'm in Pine Lake Park and we've had significant burglary and vandalism issues over the last few years. I don't recall, and correct me if I'm wrong, the Chief addressing the PLP residents (which would be greatly appreciated). The Manchester PD does a good job collaring the perps and taking the time to talk to residents is always appreciated. Let's hope it's a continued effort toward all of the town's residents.
Toni September 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
What was i thinking....53 to a mere 10-12 .. Whether its 1 or 53 i'm sure the people it touched don't care about the numbers.
Toni September 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Thank you Billabong.
Marion Cancellieri September 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
My house was 1 of them broken into...The police and CSI were over quickly and everything was handled very professionally . Thanks again to all involved with the arrest. Marion
BD September 07, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Billabong -- I believe the Chief was invited by the "Garden Club" of all the Villages to speak and address the recent concentrated problem at that venue via the Crestwood Sun..Unfortunately, I was not aware of that meeting because I am not a member of the "Garden Club" but I believe the invitation was to address the issue..If PLP and Holly Oaks feel they need to be informed/updated, why not call the MPD and ask for them to address it at a community meeting(?) keeping in mind they will not be able to offer informaiton that may jeopardize their investigation(s)...As an "aside" -- I was TOTALLY UNAWARE of ANY burglaries at all until my neighbor was hit last weekend and still had no idea that there was 53 reported attempts/burglaries w/in a 2 month period -- 16-18 over the Labor Day w/end alone!...Not that that should serve as any comfort for HO and PLP..May those persons be apprehended and stopped as well..Good luck to your communities -- band together, watch out for one another, LOCK everything and keep your outside lights on!
Jean Bollhardt September 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you MPD. I'm sure we all can get a good nights sleep now! But before you go to sleep, continue to check the doors and windows. One other thing we all should be doing is keeping our outdoor porch, rear/side door and garage lights lite all night long. This is a minimal cost. Better to be safe than sorry. Let's make it impossible for this to happen again.
EMO September 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
E.M.O. I appreciate all the effort that was put forth in getting the creep of our streets. Now maybe we all can sleep better. Thank You.....Job well done...............
barbara September 07, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Thank you all law enforcement involved. I live in the villages, not one of them that was hit, but have been up north for past 7 days taking care of my sister who suddenly became very ill and needs me. I will be going back again tomorrow. When I first read about this I called my husband and told him to hide valuables, etc. and to be sure to lock all windows when he goes to work. I came home today to take care of some business and was so relieved to here this guy has been caught. While I had to go out this a.m. i made sure everything was locked up but still felt uneasy. Living here for the past 4 years, it is great to be able to open our windows during the day and enjoy the serenity of this area. The only thing I don't understand, is they by-laws, i believe, state that you cannot have your children living with you for more than two weeks. I understand the hard economic times and parents need to help their children. We own a home in toms river and our adult children had to move back, so we decided to rent it to them and move here. Does anyone know why he was allowed to live there? Just curious. But thanks to MPD and Chief K for great work on getting this guy and keeping us informed.
julie wilson September 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Well Holly Oaks have had several break ins since April and in the middle of the day small items that can be carried in a bag or back pack, money and jewlery mostly I think some ipods but never caught and smart enough not to rob on a daily or weekly bases. I keep my dog out of her crate now when I go out, she would get in trouble if I kept her out but I'd rather put up with that than get robbed. I keep all doors locked even when home. Everyone should you will never know when someone will try.
Ginny Konefal September 07, 2012 at 10:33 PM
It states in the by-laws that no one under 19 may stay for longer than two weeks. IT can be found in the Rules and Regulations, Section 9, Article C. Limit children’s visits to a 2 week continuous visitation period per year. No children under the age of 19 may reside in the Village. Found in:RULES, REGULATIONS & MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS EFFECTIVE JULY 7, 2010 THIS SUPERCEDES ALL PREVIOUS RULES, REGULATIONS & MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS The parents have done nothing wrong that we know of except trust their adult child and which of us would not do the same.
Greg September 08, 2012 at 01:45 AM
How can all of us in the Crestwood Villages Get the manchester Police Dept. to patrol the streets of the villages ? Lets ALL go to our board members and find out. There has got to be a way.
i don't get it?? September 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
It's a shame that anyone has had to go through this, but at the same time the appreciation shown towards the Manchester Police Dept. is a refreshing change to the usual bashing of police departments on public forums...congrats to the department on a job well done...again...and best wishes for a peaceful nights sleep to all of the residents.
BD September 08, 2012 at 02:07 AM
@Greg -- Let's put it this way -- it'd tax us all right out of here!...These communities are designed to keep government out, therefore the taxes are kept at bay...once you invite them in, on a permanent basis, most will not be able to afford the taxes and 7 Villages + will become a ghost town....
Whiting Girl September 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Whiting Girl Greg, Have your Village Administrator request to have Title 39 be implemented in your village . Manchester Township council has just approved this for VillageV1, it was requested by Village V1 because of the increased speeding in the village. But let me remind you that because of the recent break ins the police do come into our villages. If any one needs the police in any Village they will respond. BD, Our Villages are not"designed to keep Government out" we pay for police protection in our taxes which are payed to Manchester Township. Let me remind you that we all pay the same tax rate as every citizen in Manchester Township.Our taxes are not"kept at bay."because we reside in a Senior Village. Crestwood Villages are age restricted not "private age restricted". Every one has to get over the word "Private" we are not "Private" but if it makes you feel better to think we are 'Private" so be it. Good Job Manchester Township Police.
Can't shut me up September 08, 2012 at 03:59 AM
His parents must be so proud to have raised such an upstanding member of society. Now the association should tell the family he can't stay or all of them need to go.
Bill Thomas September 08, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Thank you Barbara! You hit the nail on the head. The by-laws in the Villages do not allow those under 55 to live permanently with their parfents in the Villages. Adult children visiting for two or three weeks is fine with me. I've lived in Crestwood Village for 10-years and have read the by-laws and also asked about age restrictions at the office. However, looking at some of the comments from others, it seems only a few of us know or want to admit the restrictions do exist. You have restored my faith that there are those who know the restrictions are there and now understand why they are in place. How you handled helping your children is reasonable, fair and commendable. It is not possible or financially reasonable to run background checks on each and every residence in the Villages. Hence, the by-laws contain age restrictions. Also, if a certain percentage of adults under 55 live in the Retirement Viillages permanently, the State of New Jersey could discontinue some of the tax breaks/credits we now receive. Each Village office has someone there that explain this to any resident who inquires or is interested.
Karen Mohr September 08, 2012 at 08:06 AM
As President of the Crestwood Village Garden Club and Editor of the Crestwood Sun I feel that I must "clear up" some misconceptions. The Garden Club is open to all residents of Whiting and guests are always welcome. I called the Manchester Police Dept. at 8:30 AM on the day of our scheduled meeting to ask if it would be possible for an officer to come to speak. Instead of sending one of his men the Chief came himself. I sent an email to Gregory who also came to cover the event. I also called Manchester Times in an effort to "get the word out" and was told that "they" didn't have anyone to cover it. We had well over 80 people attend, mostly by word of mouth and not all of them were GC members. The Crestwood Village Sun is a monthly newspaper that comes out the end of each month so to publish anything regarding when this meeting was going to take place was impossible to do. Some of the people present were not aware of the robberies. Thanks to Chief Klimakowski facts were presented by him along with general safety tips and he answered all of the many questions that were asked of him. Those present were encouraged to go home an "spread the word". Thanks to Greg attending "the word" went out to many people that did not attend our meeting. All of this was accomplished, on very short notice, with a phone call to the MPD, an email to Greg and calls to members and friends by the GC's telephone chain committee. Sincere thanks & appreciation to all but especially to MPD!
Karen Mohr September 08, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Why blame and attempt to punish his parents? I sincerely doubt that they raised him to become a robber! My heart goes out to them and what they must be feeling and going through. Children grow up and they are responsible, not their parents, for making their own decisions. This was not a young child but a 26 year old man!
lee ozolins September 08, 2012 at 09:16 AM
Unless the parents were aware of what their son was doing, leave the parents alone. I'm sure they are suffering enough just knowing how much their son had terrorized our community. He's an adult responsible for his own doings.
tony mazoff September 08, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Good job lee
Nancy September 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
My understanding of the bylaws in Village 5 and 6 since I live and lived in both that you can have one child over the age of 19 living with you. Why where we not alerted in Village 5 that there were breakins of that amount in Village 6? I did not learn about this until I read this on Facebook of someone living in Village 6 reporting it. We need to learn of things like this right away not months later.
Lee Ozolins September 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I agree Nancy, Sounds more like the FBI and the CIS then a COMMUNITY. Lets look out for each other and COMMUNICATE.
BD September 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Seriously?...Not only are people driving past the father's house, cars are sitting, gawking and having their 4:00 o'clock tea hour out in front...The kid/son IS NOT there...IF you want to do something constructive, rotate drive-patrols around the whole/your own community between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am...Otherwise, please keep moving...Thanks...
tony mazoff September 09, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I think that might be the FBI and the CIA IM not sure what the CSI IS but still a good JOB LEE
BD September 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@Karen Mohr -- It is pretty much assumed that Chief Klimakowski's attendance to speak to the CV Garden Club was put together rather quickly given the urgency and concerns of the several communities and I would like to commend you on taking the initiative and "bull-by-the-horns" to put that together..At least it was "something" (a big something, I might add) that got information out, even by word-of-mouth, to the residents as to what was going on..Thank you for your efforts.
Joanna September 10, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I feel sorry for the parents. They did not raise their son to rob houses, therebt they are not to blame! They should not have to be punished for the sins of their son who is over the age of 21. Their intentions were good letting their son live with them. I guess never in their wildest dreams did they think their son would do such a thing! DO NOT blame the parents!
Joanna September 10, 2012 at 01:40 AM
I totally agree with you. I just heard about these robberies last week. We should all be informed about this, either in the village paper which goes out every month or in the MANCHESTER newspaper. Thanks to the Manchester police for catching this guy but please keep us informed of what is going on right under our noses!
Liz P September 10, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Now I can go to sleep without worry...thank you all for a job well done....
Anna Mae September 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Hello, I live in Crestwood vlg. 6, and was wondering what the lastest news is on Jason M. Clancey... the accused person of the break-ins here in Crestwood... Rumors are going around that he will be released back to Whiting and has all nervous. Also hearing that there were 2 people, not Jason Clancy alone....could you please up date that story.. Thank You so very much... concered Crestwood citizen...
Cathy Kessler September 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
These thefts are more heinous because they target such a vulnerable population. I came here from NYC where this sort of thing was common and I learned to be vigilent at all times. I had begun to relax being in Crestwood. Too bad, but I think I need to regain that awareness to stay safe.


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