ABERDEEN, NJ — The Cash For Gold And More store at Dante Plaza on Rt. 34 in Aberdeen was robbed shortly before dawn Thursday morning, the store’s owner confirmed to Patch.
Three male suspects dressed in black and wearing black ski masks entered the store at 5:30 a.m., store owner Austin Renaud said. They broke the glass door in front of the store to enter.
Renaud said he actually received an alert on his phone from the store’s Ring camera app in real-time that the break-in was happening, but he was asleep at the time. He shared two Ring videos with Patch here; watch as three masked men enter and run through the store, running into his back office and rummaging through the drawers, looking for valuables:
He said as soon as he got the alert, he called 911. Both Aberdeen Twp. and the Matawan Police responded, and are investigating.
“They replied right away,” said the business owner. “Both departments did a great job. I’m very happy to be in a town with such a responsive police force.”
According to the store’s owner, the thieves caused approximately $1,000 in damage and stole approximately $1,000 in merchandise. His store buys gold, silver, coins, jewelry, power tools and collectibles like electronics and Legos.
Aberdeen Police received a burglary alarm call at 5:34 a.m., Aberdeen city spokesman John Roman said.
“Upon arrival at 5:36 am, our officers found an unsecured and damaged front door to the business,” he said. “At this time we believe two vehicles were used to make the getaway. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Louis Nanna at (732)583-4200 Ext.212 or email@example.com.”
The theft was first reported by News 12 New Jersey’s Tony Caputo, who reported that it was “your classic smash and grab” break-in. “What I lost was minimal compared to the damage they did and everything,” Renaud told News 12 New Jersey. “You know I got safes for a reason. Keep the place safe.”