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Authorities: NJ Men took taxi to rob house, then stiffed driver

Authorities say two men took a taxi to a home so they could rob it but then stiffed the driver on the fare, causing him to report their suspicious activity.

Deal police say 46-year-old Kenneth Burke and 38-year-old Timothy Foote, both of Ocean Township, are charged with burglary, conspiracy, theft and criminal trespass. Bail was set at $20,000 for each man and it wasn't known Wednesday if either one has retained an attorney.

The burglary occurred Friday.

Authorities say the men told the driver to wait outside the home and they soon returned with a television and liquor bottles. The driver then took them to an apartment in Asbury Park, but they didn't pay the fare.

The driver called Asbury Park police, who soon notified Deal police about the burglary.