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Men arrested for over 1,000 car burglaries

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Residents in Upper, Middle, and Dennis Townships along with Somers Point are getting their first look at the two men who police say terrorized their neighborhoods for six months.

"I'm really glad to hear that. I really hope they get the spanking they deserve," Upper Township resident Bernie Ward said.

Twenty-three year old Chris Mander and his partner in crime 25- year- old Vincent Laracombe of Upper Township scoured neighborhoods in the middle of the night and police say would break into cars by smashing their windows with baseball bats and then would grab anything valuable.

"We estimate that there has been over 1000 car burglaries were conducted during this time period as well as at least 4 residential burglaries," Det. Mark Devine said.

Meroe Harper is just one of many who woke up to shattered glass and her purse gone.

"Very violated. They have my address, my photo id. It was upsetting. There was glass everywhere," Meroe Harper said.

Police arrested the two men November 16th, and say they have recovered more than $10,000 worth of property.

They believe many of the valuables stolen were used to buy heroin.

The two also allegedly stole hand guns from one home and police say they were responsible for credit card fraud all over the state.

"There was a lot of people that did feel terrorized by this. Absolutely, we had phone calls from people that said they didn't feel safe because their purses were taken and there were keys taken out of their purses," Det. Devine said.

Police tell us if you feel you may have been a victim of one of these burglaries and want to see if any of the valuables we just showed you are yours to contact state police woodbine barracks to set up a time.

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