Highland Park Police Officers Arrest an Individual from Perth Amboy, Suspected of Allegedly Attempting Burglary at Two HP Residences

A press release from the Highland Park Police Department chronicles how Highland Park Police officers on Sept. 30, 029 captured and arrested an individual suspected of allegedly attempting burglaries/break-ins at residences on Graham and Donaldson Streets.

On 9/30/19, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Highland Park Police Department received two 911 calls from residents on Graham and Donaldson Streets. One resident stated that someone was attempting to break into their home and the other caller stated an unknown person was inside their residence and had just left when confronted.

Highland Park Police Officers, Sgt. Haas, Detective Sgt. Culver, Sgt. lancry, Ptl. Soden, Ptl. Pacheco and Ofc. Dean, responded to both locations. 

After speaking with both residents, Detective Sgt. Culver and Sgt. Lancry located an individual leaving the area on a bicycle that matched the physical description of the suspected burglar given by both victims. The individual was stopped and identified as John P. Burrows of Perth Amboy.

Following the officer’s investigation, Mr. Burrows was arrested and taken into custody. He was charged with two counts of criminal attempted burglary, possession of burglar tools, aggravated assault on a Police Officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic needle. 

One Highland Park officer was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital after experiencing a possible needle stick while searching suspect Burrows after his arrest. The officer was treated for possible exposure to blood borne diseases and released.

The Highland Park Police Department would like to remind all of our residents to keep their doors and windows locked. If you see something, say something.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Highland Park Detective Bureau at 732-572-3800

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