UPDATE: Stolen Car Pulled From Bay, Just Off Route 37 Bridge

Recovery not related to Hurricane Sandy; car was stolen, police said

The vehicle removed Tuesday from the water near the end of the Tunney Bridge had been reported stolen in January, police said.

The New Jersey State Police notified Toms River police on Feb. 18 that the vehicle, a 2011 Ford Edge, was in the water, about 100 feet east of the shoreline at the Pier One Motel, said Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy.

"Corporeal Paul Burkhardt of the Toms River Police Dive Team inspected the vehicle determined it was not occupied and retrieve its license plate," the chief said.

Police determined that the vehicle was reported stolen from a Nostrand Drive home in Holiday City, Berkeley, on Jan. 23.

"Working with New Jersey State Police and Berkeley Township Police, the vehicle was towed from the bay on Tuesday afternoon," Mastronardy said.

The vehicle was not related to the storm Sandy.

Some on social media had speculated that the vehicle may have found its way into the bay because of Hurricane Sandy. The bay is among the many New Jersey waterways that are targeted for cleanup.

Bill Weber February 20, 2013 at 09:25 PM
It could have been seen from the air, as in from a helicopter!
Leeann Montalbano February 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM
You expect Patch to write an article every time something like this happens? According to a PATCH.COM ARTICLE (surprise!), in 2011 "there were 215 robberies, including eight bank robberies, 2,300 burglaries, and 8,881 larcenies – smaller thefts including pickpockets, purse snatchings, vehicle parts or bicycles – last year in Ocean County. There were twice as many daytime burglaries as night time burglaries, the data showed." Maybe you should give the Patch.com editors a hand in writing the estimated 10,000 articles you wish to see?
impeach1 February 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Okay. Not Sandy. Good. Holiday City, nowhere near the island. So let's get those Berkeley Township police patrolling South Seaside Park and not sitting 24/7 talking to the state police. Time to go to work.
suz February 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM
No, LeeAnn, I don't "expect" anything from the Patch. Just a little help on what is going on around town would be nice, no?
Rick February 21, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Really? Did you read about this car theft in any newspaper? How about on a local radio station? Maybe because the car was stolen in Berkeley, it was reported on the Berkeley Patch and you didn't see it.
Rick February 21, 2013 at 01:44 AM
BTW, I've been meaning to ask. Did you mean "there is possibly a car thief in the area"? Because a thief is someone who commits a theft.
barbara February 21, 2013 at 02:51 AM
my in laws car was missing for 6 weeks, was finally recovered in parking lot of a&p after so mannnnnyyyyy calls......unbelievable.!
elie shapiro February 21, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Was the car stolen from holiday city or berkeley township- im reading conflicting info? Also how did the car end up in that area of the bay-was there an enbbankment along side of the bridge that someone drove it down cuz it doesnt look like they drove it actually off of the bridge into the water?
none of yobusiness February 21, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Maybe the corporeal did it?
Rick February 21, 2013 at 04:58 AM
The community is called Holiday City at Berkeley for a reason. It is in Berkeley TWSP
Phil MacKenzie February 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I have a few questions about this.Why would TR call a tower from East Hanover and not one the contracted towers? Why is the wrecker facing against traffic? Isn't the idea of a rotator to rotate?
suz February 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Oops! Yeah, Rick, you may be right...sorry.
Sandra February 21, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I have to laugh...The Patch is a free online service to the community and yet people complain that there is not enough "News" or "Updates". Why not go out and buy the Asbury Park Press at a buck a pop and feel satisfied then? I have found out more information from this free online service (that I do not know who funds) than from any one dollar Asbury Park Press paper. As a matter of fact, Patch get it to me before I see it on New Jersey News Station! Why complain? Fact is on the subject of the car, the report here says it was reported stolen so therefore someone was missing it. For those who do not read the article and are so quick to put in their two cents...say "Thank you" for the free online service. JMO
Joe Salleroli February 21, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Why don't Toms River PATCH concentrate on making the Gas Companies, The Electrical Companies and the Water Company do their job and put up the poles that are still missing and hook up the houses that are permanent residences with the necessary utilities so people can go back home and live! What a shame for this to be ongoing and the "Officials" in Toms River sitting on their handsa and worrying about only Seaside Heights!
Rick February 21, 2013 at 03:27 PM
You can tell from any of the pictures where the wrecker came from? Great eyesight you have there.
Thomas A. Mathis February 21, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Very good point Sandra. I too rely much more on the TR Patch than the APP for my local news these days. APP software is not handled well on my computer and of course the Patch is totally free. I like you appreciate what I get for free on here.
George February 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM
It's not Patch's job. Contact the state Board of Public Utilities and they'll get after the slowpokes.
Working Stiff February 22, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Is that ATK towing recovering that car?
Rick February 22, 2013 at 01:36 AM
According to Phil MacKenzie the tower is from East Hanover.
The Voice Of Justice February 22, 2013 at 07:28 AM
if you want live active posting about whats going on, you can go on facebook and follow the "pages" S.A.N.D. (shore area news dispatch) it monitors police and fire scanners throughout ocean county reports motor vehicle accidents, thefts, fires, shootings, any activity over police & fire scanners worth posting is usually posted even missing animals also another one is Jersey Shore Hurricane News on facebook both pages give you live real time updates of whats going on in the community
Phil MacKenzie February 22, 2013 at 01:09 PM
I can't tell if you're being sarcastic Rick. You can clearly read the name of the company, AJACO, on the side of the boom.
Rick February 22, 2013 at 04:18 PM
And you went through all the effort to find out where Ajaco towing is located, just to complain about something? Aren't you special.
CN February 24, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Man, you are all a bunch of rocket scientists!
Phil MacKenzie February 24, 2013 at 01:45 PM
All the effort? You mean Google?
Joe Salleroli February 24, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Have you tried calling them? You either get hold on all lines are busy or try again later! The Gas company , in Ortley Beach, has given us 4 to 5 different dates that it will hook up.Friday was the last date we got the 22nd, we went down and no one showed again. Called them and now the date is March 4th! Still no water either, same story same result!
Josef Kramer February 25, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Wish people would stop coming on here to complain about stuff that doesn't pertain to the article no one cares if you don't have utilities your tough luck fatboy Go take your hurricane victim cry story to cnn.
Rick February 26, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Since you asked Mr Phil, no. I prefer Yahoo for my search engine. What I meant was why would anyone bother to figure out the name on the boom, which could be the name of the company that built it, and then do a search to see where it came from.
just me March 28, 2013 at 03:59 AM
The article stated it had been reported stolen in January.
rosemary gerbino April 18, 2013 at 01:10 PM
how do I get my husband picture off....was upload by accident...by my son...
Rick April 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Aw, leave it there. Its a nice picture of him and the dog.


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