Slew of Items Recovered As Teen Arrested in Car-Entry Thefts
More than a dozen unlocked cars in the North Beach section were entered in the last week
Police are looking to return a number of GPS units, iPods and more items seized in the wake of the arrest of a 17-year-old from Sussex County in connection with a string of thefts from unlocked cars in the North Beach section of Toms River, police said.
Officers Dan Ruiz and Anthony Scali, working an off-duty assignment at the Wawa in Chadwick Beach at 1:30 a.m. Friday, recognized the juvenile, from Burnsville in Andover Township, as a possible suspect in the thefts, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said.
Police had been looking for a suspect after a resident provided video of the suspect attempting to enter a vehicle on Harbor Court during the night earlier in the week.
An investigation conducted by Ruiz, Scali and Officer Joe Mastronardy turned up 10 GPS units, two Apple iPods, a Canon camera, three knives, four flashlights, a box of Mrs. Palmer's surf wax, and a sector Long Board skate board, which they seized, the chief said.
Detective Randy Petrick, who is leading the investigation, is following up the investigation of and returning seized property to victims of the thefts that have occurred in the last week. Anyone with information can contact Petrick at 732-349-0150 ext. 1235.