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Citizen Helps Lead Police to Stolen Vehicle

Car found in Foodtown parking lot after citizen reports suspicious activity

Some suspicious behavior reported by a citizen helped lead police to discover a stolen vehicle and arrest two suspects, according to police.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said the alert citizen called police after noticing two suspicious people near the Foodtown on Route 37, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Two men were wiping the handles out of a vehicle they were in, he said. The citizen called police headquarters and took some photos.

"The citizen observed the suspects wipe the door handles of a 2012 Kia after exited the vehicle," Mastronardy said in an email. "The citizen took photos with a cell phone and notified Communications who relayed the information to patrol officers."

Mastronardy said an investigation revealed the vehicle was stolen, and police arrived to the shopping plaza to locate the two men.

"Officer Louis Taranto located the suspects in the Toms River Shopping Center lot. Sergeant Ron Sermarini and Officer Vincent Pedalino assisted the investigation that quickly determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of Little Egg Harbor Township Saturday night," said the police chief.

The two men were arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.  Albert Depaolo, 27, of Ocean Gate and Justin Searlesyoung, 19, of Stafford Township were arrested, Mastronardy said.

Halpha2 August 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Cont... opened the doors for lawsuits which is not worth a pension. Bottom line, if you have an issue, address it. Or find someone who can. Or kindly move to a place where thesr issues dont exist. Good luck. "Insert liberal counterpost below "®
A. Einstein August 15, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Um...YOUR posting on Patch. So b*tch, what up? How does whining make someone a 'liberal' $65K a year ain't bad for starting pay...more than I make. Maybe you should cut down on the caffeine. Jus' sayin...
Commenting August 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Halpha 2, get a life or go pick up trash and stop being a whiner yourself. What is open a soor?
CHANGE_TR August 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Numbers don't lie: The Toms River, NJ property crime rate is 39% greater than the New Jersey average Overall, the Toms River, NJ crime index is 31% greater than the New Jersey average
Concerned August 16, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I think all the over staffed over paid P.D. Should send each officer to do a week a year in Camden & Trenton. To sharpen there skills and understand what real cops are paid for. Pull over moms cause there computer told them that the registration expired is not what we want from them metermaids! .

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