New Jersey cops say arrest burglar who hit Bon Jovi's home

Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:48pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities in New Jersey said on Friday they arrested a burglar who allegedly stole $500,000 in jewelry and other goods from Jon Bon Jovi and three of his neighbors during a month-long break-in spree in the rocker's upscale neighborhood outside New York City.

Middletown police said they captured 21-year-old Nicholas Tracy on Wednesday after he activated a burglar alarm at the home of one of Bon Jovi's neighbor's on Navesink River Road. Tracy was found hiding in a third-floor bathroom.

Tracy was charged with four counts of third degree burglary and three counts of second degree theft. He's being held in Monmouth County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Tracy allegedly staged four burglaries over the past month in the neighborhood, including an April 3 break-in at Bon Jovi's $22 million estate where he stole $100,000 in jewelry.

(Reporting by James B. Kelleher and Barbara Goldberg)

<p>Jon Bon Jovi performs at a concert at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts March 1, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>