Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, online shopping increases.  With this increase, law enforcement agencies also see an increase in the number of package thefts that occur from deliveries left at doorsteps or items awaiting pick-up by your local mail carrier or other shipper.

As these types of shopping and delivery services are convenient for you, unattended packages are convenient and attractive for those that are looking to steal them.

The Colts Neck Police Department would like to provide its residents of some crime prevention steps to help protect your deliveries from being stolen. 

  • If you believe that the delivery will arrive while you are at work, have the package delivered to your worksite/office (if allowed or practical).
  • Have the package delivered to a trusted relative, friend or a neighbor that you know will be home. 
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons and vehicles sitting or cruising the area
  • Track the shipping and routing of the package. This is available and provided by most shippers and the US Postal Service.  Contact the shipper, if there is a delay in receiving the package as scheduled.
  • Arrange for the packages to be signed for.
  • If you don’t have a choice, provide instructions about where deliveries should be left, in a less visible location.
  • Do not leave outgoing mail with checks or money orders in your personal mailbox for pick up by the mail carrier.  Take your mail to a postal collection box.  If you leave outgoing mail in your mailbox, don’t raise the flag.
  • Promptly retrieve your mail:  The United States Postal Inspection Service strongly recommends that you pick up mail from your mailbox as soon as possible after delivery, especially if you are expecting to receive a check or merchandise.
  • If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery.  If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, then report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and the Police Department.


 Arrested 10/24/2013


After a 3½ month investigation, today at 10:30am a 16-year-old Colts Neck Township boy was arrested and charged in connection with the July 7, 2013 stabbing of a township woman at her Bray Street home.

Detective Zarrillo of the Colts Neck Police Department and Investigators from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office  arrested the juvenile today, charging him with first degree Attempted Murder, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and first degree Carjacking.

Colts Neck Police received a 911 call around 12:30am on July 7, 2013 from a Colts Neck woman indicating she was stabbed by an unknown assailant.  The Colts Neck Police Department and Colts Neck First Aid responded to her residence where they discovered she had been stabbed several times.  The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.  She remained in the hospital for several days where she was treated for her injuries and eventually discharged.

The victim heard some noise coming from the outside of her house and when she went to open her door to investigate, the assailant pushed his way into her house and stabbed her several times. The juvenile then took the keys to her car and fled the scene in her vehicle parked in her driveway.  The vehicle was recovered in Aberdeen later that same morning.

We are very proud of our Police Department and a great investigative job, after 3½ months to be able to bring closure of this horrific incident within this community.