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NJ residents warned about sophisticated 'James Bond Gang' burglars

A group of thieves being called the "James Bond Gang" has been caught on camera breaking into a New Jersey home. In the video, one suspect can be seen using his rear end to open the door. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

A group of thieves with an affinity for burglarizing well-to-do New Jersey neighborhoods appears to have struck again, according to police, who say an Oct. 6 break-in has hallmarks of the gang's work.

The burglars, known as the "James Bond Gang," are believed to have broken into dozens of homes for more than a year and a half in the affluent towns of Somerset and Morris Counties in New Jersey, among other areas, according to CBS New York. In March, the New Providence, N.J. deputy chief of police described how the gang -- a group of between 30 and 50 burglars -- operated.

They typically come through "a forced entry, a dash to the bedroom to grab jewelry and cash, then a quick exit, usually through a different door," Scott Torre explained, according to NJ.com. "The thieves pick up jewelry and cash because the gold in the jewelry can be melted down within 24 hours and is unidentifiable."

In the latest incident, a Chatham, N.J., resident returned home from vacation on Oct. 7, and discovered that his house had been broken into, NJ.com reported.

The burglars stole mostly jewelry from the Chatham house, whose owner was not identified. The burglars moved fast and disabled the home’s alarm and video surveillance system as soon as they got into the house, but not before surveillance managed to capture four masked individuals forcing open the front door of the home, NJ.com reported.

According to NBC New York, the name James Bond was coined because in the 1980s, an original gang of burglars who successfully targeted fancy areas used a 007-style BMW as an escape car, which was also equipped with a pipe that would spray oil at pursuers and a flip-up license plate with a blinding light below it that could be aimed at pursuers.


Police said the current-era James Bond Gang usually hits homes near major highways so they can make a quick escape, adding that when some members get arrested, new ones are recruited, according to CBS.

Steven Crawford, police chief of Mendham Township, told NJ.com the gang is "honed in on burglary and seems to be rather structured."

"It's a problem, but they're going to get caught," Crawford said, according to NJ.com. "It's just a matter of when."

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