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Cops: Toms River House Damaged by Fire Was Robbed Shortly After

Home burglarized just hours after fire sends 90-year-old owner to the hospital

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It didn't take long.

Toms River police are investigating a robbery at the home in the Holiday City at Silverton development that suffered a fire Sunday night.

The 10:20 p.m. fire sent the home's 90-year-old owner to the hospital for smoke inhalation. As if that wasn't bad enough, a representative for the homeowner arrived at the residence and found that it had been broken into just hours later.

By 8 a.m., the call came in to police to investigate, said Ralph Stocco, police spokesman.

The home was locked and secured by Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention at the conclusion of their initial investigation on the evening of the fire, said Stocco.

The home itself was left uninhabitable, he added.

"Someone entered the rear of the home and removed a flat screen television and jewelry," Stocco said.

Ptl. Mike Gallipoli is investigating the incident with assistance from Ptl. Carl Basile.

Fire inspectors determined the blaze to have been caused by unattended candles igniting combustible items, James Mercready, of the bureau, told Patch.
Ray C. March 04, 2014 at 10:32 AM
I live near this house. A few weeks ago, my car was broken into. Someone took my iPod and a Nintendo DS. There's definitely some thieves in this area. And the pawn shop nearby was no help at all.
1stcav March 04, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Hope they catch you and you get what's coming you via the OC jail , they are going to love YOU there...Bubba...
Mike l. March 04, 2014 at 03:43 PM
The Patch is just a little behind. The scumbag was found by cops and arrested less than 24 hrs after the burglary. Great job Boys.
Marynary March 04, 2014 at 04:51 PM
It would be nice to know if it was a neighbor or somebody listening to scanners. Any kind of follow up.
Rem March 04, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Maybe it was Voltolino oh i forgot he is in jail.


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