The Avalon Police Department has charged two Middle Township residents with burglary, theft and other offenses after Police obtained information they were involved in a wintertime burglary within the Borough. In late March, homeowners discovered their vacation home had been broken into and personal property removed from the residence.

Police charged Trinity Thornburg, age 27 and Frederick Rice, Jr., age 25 both with last known addresses of Burleigh, NJ with burglary, theft and conspiracy. Rice was also charged with receiving stolen property.

Police allege Thornburg and Rice drove to Avalon in late January to target the victim’s home, planning to steal electronics, jewelry and other valuables. Once they gained entry to the home, they discovered the homeowners had removed most of their person property for the season. Thornburg was incarcerated at the Cape May County Correctional Facility after failing to post $30,000.00 cash bail and Rice was released on recognizance authorized by the Hon. Dorothy Garrabrant of the Avalon Municipal Court. The case was investigated by Detective Matthew Sykes and Ptlm. Greg Armstrong.

The matter is pending review by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

Borough Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Avalon Police Department at 967-3411 or by dialing 9-1-1.