Five-Foot Brass Propeller and $5,000 Worth Of Jewelry Stolen

Thieves target two separate Toms River residences

Toms River Police are investigating a burglary at Hemlock Hill Drive and a theft from the yard of an Arcadia Road home. 

On Hemlock Hill Drive, suspects entered the residence by prying open a sliding door, according to Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. They then removed over $5000 in jewelry and $500 in cash from the residence, according to the chief.

The burglary, which occurred between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday is being investigated by Officers Adam Koeppen and Jason Putkowski. 

At Arcadia Road, which is located in the Pleasant Plains section of the township, Officer Thomas Herbst is investigating the theft of a 62” brass propeller blade that weighed over 1000 pounds.

The propeller blade, which was stolen from the front lawn of the residence, was a lawn ornament. The owner was a commercial fisherman and the blade came from a boat of his that had sunk, according to Mastronardy.

The theft of the propeller, which is estimated to be worth $5000, occurred between midnight and 10 a.m. Saturday, police said. Tire marks were visible on the victim's lawn from the vehicle that was used to commit the theft.

Anyone with information on these incidents can contact Detective Bureau Commander Bruce Burgess at 732-349-0150 ext 1200.

1stcav January 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Now where the heck are they going to try to turn that in...for cash ??? Maybe Alaska , because everyone on the eastern seaboard is now notified !!!!! Dumb & dumber @ work again ! Duh !!!
TR GIRL January 15, 2012 at 11:41 PM
You got that right!!!
Laci January 15, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Agree. They'll probably spend a heck of alot of time cutting it up into smaller pieces and try junking them aliitle at a time. Probably figured the 500 parking meters really wasn't a good idea..
A-Ball January 16, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I think that is arcadia Drive, Actually. Off of Vermont Ave in North Dover..
just me January 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Are things getting worse here in Toms River or is it just that we are more informed about incidents?? I've lived here for the past 30 years having relocated from northern NJ. This news is reminiscent of a time when our town up north started to "go bad". I realize the economy is a contributing factor in addition to what seems like increasing drug abuse. It's disheartening to see such negative changes in our community. Looks like it's time to resurrect Neighborhood Watch programs.
Kaptain Jack January 16, 2012 at 06:33 AM
A $5000 lawn ornament? Left outside? Why????
. January 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I agree, but at 1000 lbs, you just don't think someone is going to take off with it.
Penny Smith Boehle January 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I find it ironic that we seem to have daily reports of thefts of metals for scrap but The Patch has prominent ads for Dr. Copper which promotes selling metal for scrap and lets you know they'll make it so easy, they will come right to your home to collect it.
Karen January 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The definition of irony? LOL advertising income outweighs common sense. To be fair the news channels do the same report theft of gold and the very next commercial is how to sell your gold, then the next report is how high gold is in the market today. Kinda like when they give too much information to suspects police are looking for.
Karen January 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Used to live by Hemlock hill. Back in the day when it was Kings Woods, was my playground growing up, hated when they built those homes. As for the large lawn Ornament being on display to take, I agree with other poster, probably there for many years and owners never thought someone would be able to carry away 1000lbs without being heard or seen, should have chained and locked it to something, or better yet a cheap alarm if moved. Nowadays I worry about my cheap little solar lawn ornament by my mailbox, someone just gunna walk by and pick it up. Lived here since 1970, think its a combo of economy and more media avenues being made available, think about how we got news before Internet smartphones and iPads. No longer 1 local paper an evening news, we actually have more news shows than regular ones.
Rich Wieland January 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I'm starting a Neighborhood Watch now -- inspired by the almost-daily reports of multiple burglaries and robberies on TR Patch. Burglaries increased 75% from 2006 to 2010 in TR, and the 2011 statistics are sure to be even worse. The PD is understaffed, and we can be their "extra eyes and ears." Almost 40% of my neighborhood signed up already, so the crooks better watch out for us watching them. Most burglars steal and sell to support their drug abuse habits.
Randal Graves January 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
@Rich good for you, I do the same but most my neighbors seem uninterested like it can't happen to them so I find myself patrolling alone at night with my pit, cell phone and another item I won't mention! ;)
Kelly January 17, 2012 at 05:32 AM
At Penny, just a FYI. Dr. Copper is a very reputable company that takes a license with each transaction. The only difference he provides is that he is willing to come to you.
Penny Smith Boehle January 17, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I wasn't insinuating that Dr. Copper wasn't reputable, just that to have ads while reporting all these thefts for scrap just seems to put thoughts in unsavory characters minds. Makes them think they can make a quick buck.
Rachel Tomasi January 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Randall my neighbors KNOW a few of us have been hit in the car thefts etc and still no one wants to do much. For me it's me, my Akita a baseball bat and sonething I already carried in case if a dog fight. Our neighborhood watch sign is graffitied for goodness sake. Let's hope for a lowering of crime in our town and in the meantime let's do what we can to deter and call in ANY suspicious behavior.
Karen January 17, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Sadly with foreclosures on rise, so many beautiful homes sit abandoned, ripe for theft, partying and bringing an element that wasn't as prevalent with it. If the Government would help more people refinance without such high requirements, especially for self employed more people could get lower interest rates and make timely payments, keeping neighborhoods populated and vigilant. Even a greater mis justice that needs to be addressed is tax accesment my town as many others were access fair market value and demand, which is insane. Should be based square footage and property size as it was always done in past. This would also help people pay their mortgages. My town was done when real estate was sky high, I pay more for my tiny 2 bed 1 bath ranch than neighbors who have 2 stories, pools garages (some bigger than my house) when I inquired was informed I can't use neighbors as comparison and appraisal can be 30% incorrect one way or other. Even based on their method, there is no way in this world I could sell for what they say it's worth. The homestead deduction method is a joke I get 1/4 back than I was getting.ok went off topic but if the economy can get better, there would be less desperate people ou there stealing JMHO.
1stcav January 17, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Because he paid for it and it was HIS !!! Not up for bid about what one can keep on THERE property , it's THEIRS, until a thief comes in the night and steals from YOU !!!! He worked for it, he payed for it and it's HIS, no matter what it is !!!!!! Would you think a 1000 lb anchor had a chance of walking off YOUR lawn, no way , until today.
1stcav January 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This current Admin. better get moving , from the Pres. on down in Congress, were tired of hearing the same old crap, there salaries are up, there Health care is THE best around, there pensions are ALL 6 figures and were loosing jobs, homes and our kids futures because we can't send them to College, and there's no jobs for them went they do get out...where else can we turn ??? Wheres our FDR & a WPA program to get this country going again !
Randal Graves January 18, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Get used to it economy won't be back to normal for a looooong time so secure your homes, Get a security system if you can the more visual deterrents you present the less likely you are to fall victim to criminals. And please keep your cars locked leaving it unlocked and you might as well put a neon sign in the window that says free shopping
Randal Graves January 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Neighborhood Watch is great if you can get people to participate in it, I myself am having a hard time convincing my neighbors who give me the same response every time "Nothings happened here" which I respond with yet. Better safe then sorry.
Randal Graves January 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
All Andrew got was 900 bucks for this and a free ride to jail, shame Patch hasn't updated the story to include that!


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