Toms River Police Arrest Man Twice In One Hour For Shoplifting

Cops: 20-year-old Beachwood man tried to steal electronic items twice - once at Kohl's, then at Walmart

A local man was in police custody twice in an hour for shoplifting electronics from two different big box stores in Toms River on Saturday.

Jesse Carratura, 20, of Anchor Avenue in Beachwood, was ultimately taken to the Ocean County Jail, facing robbery charges, police said.

In the first incident, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Carratura was observed by loss prevention officers at the Toms River Kohl's store using cutters to cut security tags and attempt to remove five Beats by Dre headphones and a Beats by Dre speaker valued at $1,200, said Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

Officers Michael Macdonald and Dan Brennan arrested Carratura and brought him to police headquarters where he was processed and later released on a summons.

But an hour after he was released, Carratura was arrested again – this time for attempting to steal two televisions valued at $600 from the Toms River Walmart store.

Corporal Frank Palino was flagged down at Walmart by loss prevention officers who needed assistance at about 2 p.m., said Mastronardy. 

Carratura was observed by the loss prevention officers putting the televisions in a shopping cart and then attempting to leave the store without paying, said Mastronardy, at which point the loss prevention officers detained him.

Macdonald and Palino charged Carratura with robbery after an investigation found he assaulted loss prevention officers during the theft attempt, Mastronardy said. 

Carratura was being held in the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail set by Judge Damian Murray, though a check of jail records Sunday showed he was not a current inmate.

suz November 03, 2013 at 06:28 PM
How stupid can you be?
. November 03, 2013 at 06:40 PM
That much effort should be put into finding a job and working!
maryellen reilly November 03, 2013 at 08:28 PM
talk about stupidity or
bayway mike November 03, 2013 at 08:43 PM
If at first you don't succeed, GIVE UP!!!
david November 04, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Times r rough! Sounds real desperate to get merchandise to sell for $! I say this with 99.9% probability that it was to coincide with the heroin epidemic in Ocean County
letsgetreal November 04, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Why STEAL the GOV is giving everything away for FREE! LOL
Barbara November 04, 2013 at 07:56 AM
"Stupid is, as Stupid does"....
TR November 04, 2013 at 08:44 AM
HA.......how about the last sentence in the article????? He is already out!!!!! Probably at Target!!!!!!!!!! Great system......In Iraq they would have broken all of his fingers and tied him to a pole in town center for all to see! Maybe the Iraqis are on to something?
E M C November 04, 2013 at 12:18 PM
"Macdonald and Palino charged Carratura with robbery after an investigation found he assaulted loss prevention officers during the theft attempt, Mastronardy said." I hope there was a charge for this as well. You know this punk lives with his mother. Not a chance he'd be coming back to my home after this. Not ever.
sal q November 04, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Gotta get that Dope money
Bill Heyer November 04, 2013 at 12:38 PM
In Muslim countries, Saudi Arabia, they cut "things" off for crimes like this: Hands for stealing, male organs for rape. We oughta' adot THOSE "standards," here! Don't coddle criminals!!!
Sandra November 04, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Dumb jerk, deserves double the sentence.
Jesse November 04, 2013 at 06:23 PM
This is Jesse Carratura the person that was shoplifting. I was not in a right mind state. This is no excuse I was absolutely wrong and, embarrassed myself my family and also the people of Toms River. Before this happened I never was once arrested for anything, I am also a real good person. I just want to apologize to my family, and to the people, and also The police department of Toms River.


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