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Citizen Tips Lead to Arrest of Toms River Robbery Suspect

Local man facing charges in several other towns as well

Todd Timmerman (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Todd Timmerman (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Toms River police are crediting citizen tips as well as social media for the arrest, within four days, of a man whose picture was released to the press.

The man, now identified as Todd Timmerman, 44, of Dorchester Drive, is suspected of taking a Keurig coffee maker from the box and stealing it from the township's Kohl's store in January. When approached by security, police said, he dropped the item and fled.

Timmerman was arrested Sunday after a store surveillance photo was released by police.

"We greatly appreciate the cooperation that exists between the police department, media, and citizens," said police spokesman Ralph Stocco. "As a direct result of that cooperation, Mr. Timmerman was charged with shoplifting as well as eluding capture."

Stocco also said Timmerman had multiple active warrants for his arrest from Brick, South Toms River, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

After his arrest, Timmerman was transported to Ocean County Jail and is being held in lieu of bail for a total amount of $5,264.

Toms River Detective Roger Hull was the investigating officer who charged Timmerman. He was assisted in the investigation by Officer Michael Macdonald. The arrest is the second in recent memory to be made following citizen involvement. On Jan. 27, township police arrested a burglary suspect after releasing his photo to the media and on social media.

"We have only been using our own social media for three weeks but have had tremendous success so far," said Chief Mitch Little.
Mac February 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM
hey grace, now you can get that discounted coffee maker autographed :-)
Martin February 11, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Social media is good, but for people not on them 24/7, a good old-fashioned Neighborhood Watch works, too. Look out for your block and report any suspicious characters, vehicles, etc. to 732-349-0150 and TR cops will investigate. Most burglars are stealing stuff to sell and support their drug habits, and we all know there's a drug epidemic in every town across the country now.
Mac February 11, 2014 at 02:59 PM
@Martin - how does one tell the difference between a suspicious character who is a GOP stamp-approved bacon factory certified first responder and a regular bacon factory elected official working parttime with fulltime kneepad benefits? - without all of these prepackaged drugs available to sample over and over again, even the drug users would be forced to relocate
JFTR February 11, 2014 at 03:13 PM
^you have no credibility when you work in digs at public officials on every single news story.
Mac February 11, 2014 at 03:47 PM
you actually have a point this time JFTR - WTG - miracles do happen - this new Patch format, with all of its new sensual national stories of the lewd habits and sexual tidbits throughout America have got me a bit wound up I guess – it must be the thought of Vicari standing in front of the mirror preaching in the nude that has caused me to lose my direction - it's like the Patch has become a national smorgasbord orgy of Ocean County politics - just trying to alert America that they can still vacation in the ‘stronger than the storm’ Jersey Shore homeland of lewd political leadership we are so well known for - I'm still working on where my comments will end up from the Toms River Patch front page articles I post from – when the Patch still sent emails for article updates, I at least knew where the postings had gone - it’s nice to have someone in Toms River to keep me on my toes though – thanks for sharing your concerns with me - I try to please all
grace February 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM
o my @ mac!! love it!!! lolololololol
grace February 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM
now if i can get that tv from walmart i will be in like flint!
Mac February 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM
if this guy makes bail grace, he's going to need some bucks for a lawyer - stay tuned :-)
grace February 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM
great you think i can preorder a dyson vacuum?
Mac February 12, 2014 at 12:07 PM
that's wayyyyyy to easy grace - I kind of owe it to JFTR to be good for at least 24 hrs - probably wouldn't hurt to leave that request in the wish-list basket though

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