A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing Jon Bon Jovi's house and other homes and faces up to five years in prison.
Nicholas Tracy, 22, entered his plea at a court in Freehold on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. He carried out the thefts between March and April of 2011. The homes are located on the same road near the Jersey shore. Tracy stole more than $300,000 worth of personal items from the homes, including jewelry valued at about $100,000 from Bon Jovi's house, court records show.
The 50-year-old rocker, who is married to his high school sweetheart and has four children, bought the 2,300 square-foot home in 1997 for $1.7 million, property records show. In September 2008, the rocker hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign at the home, which is now worth about $22 million, according to NJ.com.
Tracy entered Bon Jovi's house and set off a burglar alarm on April 20, 2011. Police caught him hiding in a bathroom on the third floor and arrested him. They later connected him to earlier burglaries after an investigation, according to The Riverside Signal newspaper. It is unclear if the rocker and his family were home at the time.
Police say at least some of the property Tracy stole has been recovered. The man, who was charged with three counts of theft and burglary, is due to be sentenced on Oct. 12 to five years in prison next month under the terms of a plea deal, the Associated Press said, adding that he is also is awaiting trial on burglary charges from a separate case.
Bon Jovi, whose real name is John Bongiovi, was born and raised in New Jersey and his rock band's 1988 album "New Jersey," which contains the hits "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There For You," remains one of the group's best-selling records.