A pair of burglars stole $250,000 worth of jewelry from a Howell home during a break in on Monday.
Authorities say it occurred around 1:30 p.m. on West Farms Road.
Homeowner Ryan Leonard told News 12 New Jersey that the burglars struck just minutes after he and his girlfriend had left the home. The pair of thieves emerged from the woods behind the house, pried open a set of locked doors and took off with the jewelry.
“Beyond violated,” said Leonard. “Anybody in the community will tell you, if you needed money, you don't have to steal from me. I lend a hand to my community. I lead by example.”
He asks residents with security cameras on Delvin Way or Tyrpak Road to check footage between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 26, as the pair was walking through the back woods area.
Leonard, an Army veteran, brand creator and studio owner, is also offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators.
“If $5,000 can get me to get these people captured, save the headache for other people... That's my main thing,” he said
Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Howell Township Police Department.