Americana: Work Release Program

The curious thing about the surge of burglaries in Avenel, N.J., was their regularity: they all seemed to take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The mystery of the punctual professional burglars was finally solved when police arrested two inmates at nearby minimum security Rahway State Prison, Thomas Robinson, 31, and Melvin Muldrow, 29. Prison officials had discovered, they said, that the culprits would sneak out during the designated visiting hours, practice the trade for which they were originally sentenced, and sneak back in before they were missed. A...

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