Dover Woods Teen Arrested, Charged with Purse Snatch

Incident was at Stop & Shop, Routes 9 and 70

A teen was later arrested after snatching a 67 year-old woman's purse this afternoon and bolting across a busy intersection back home with the stolen goods, police said.

A reported purse snatching led to a call to the Dover Woods facility on the corner of Routes 9 and 70 this afternoon, arresting a 19 year-old resident and charging him with the theft. 

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Toms River Police responded to a report of a theft at the Stop and Shop at Routes 9 and 70 just after 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, where a  67-year-old Lakewood woman was waiting outside the supermarket for her husband to pick her up.

Mastronardy said the suspect took the victim's purse from her shopping cart and fled across the supermarket parking lot toward Route 9.

"With the assistance of witnesses, officers shortly after the incident arrested 19-year-old Dylan Cox at Dover Woods, where he resides," said Mastronardy in an email.

Soon thereafter, police found the victim's purse in a restroom in the nearby Ramada Inn on Route 9 across the street from Stop & Shop. Police said the rest of the victim's belongings were recovered inside a room in Dover Woods.

Officers who investigated the incident and made the arrest were Richard Karkovice, Mark Nater and Mark DeGrandis. 

Mastronardy said calls to Dover Woods continue put a demand on the resources of the police department. "Toms River Police Department utilizes resources continuing to responding to many incidents in and around the Dover Woods facility due to actions by some of their residents," he said.

Mastronardy said police have responded to the facility over 130 times since the beginning of the year.

Rick Molinia June 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM
i refuse to shop at that Stop & Shop location due to an enormous amount of DRUGGIE LOOKING, " cracked out ", bums.. each time i went there, a grandpa looking bum attempted to cross the highway with suicide on his agenda! ~ i would say these freaks need HELP and whatever management exists @ dover woods MUST BE replaced.. BUT its time has come. its must be tore down.. any1 near that area knows this. re-dik-you-less
Greg June 20, 2011 at 04:07 PM
maybe if the criminals were not released from jail and actually paid the price for their crimes (JUSTICE) they would not be continuously responding to this area. Do you think there are any repeat offenders ? Do you think?
LJ June 20, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I used to shop in that area but make it a point to AVOID it whenever possible. All of my family have been approached by threatening panhandlers or worse. One Dover Woods "inmate" tried to get in our car and when I rolled up the windows he started to curse worse than any longshoremen! It was very upsetting. There are 3 banks in that area and all their customers are always concerned about their safety whenever they go into those banks. Some banks have been robbed. It is imperative that the Toms River township committee and police do everything they can to get rid of that facility. It threatens the residents, shoppers and travelers using the nearby Ramada Inn. It is totally incredible that something has NOT been done to rid our community of this horrible and dangerous situation!


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