The Avalon Police Department has charged a Burlington County, NJ man with burglary and other offenses after an alert neighbor reported seeing him break into a nearby home.

On February 17, 2013, a local resident contacted police at 2:56 a.m. stating he observed a male in his neighbor’s yard, peering into the windows with a flashlight. Upon arrival, Officers observed Michael McCool, age 23, from Moorestown, NJ smashing a rear sliding glass door to gain entry. He was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Subsequent investigation revealed damage to several other nearby homes which was attributed to McCool.

 McCool was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, trespassing and resisting arrest. He was released after posting $25,000.00 full cash bail set by the Hon. George Neidig of the Avalon Municipal Court.

 The case was investigated by Sgt. Jeffrey Christopher and Ptlm. Robert Hampf. Residents are urged to report any suspicious behavior by contacting the Avalon Police Department at (609)967-3411 or dialing 9-1-1.