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Forked River Man Charged With Robbery at Sears

Man accused of attempting to swipe $800 of goods.

A Forked River man was arrested for robbery of $800 of goods from the Sears store in Toms River at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Toms River Police said.

Officers arrested Kenneth Vanlenten, 41, of 103 Chestnut Street, Forked River, and charged with him with robbery, police said. Vanlenten was lodged in Ocean County Jail on $50,000 bail, with no 10 percent option, police said. 

Toms River Police gave this account of the incident:

Sears security officers observed a male leaving the store without paying for a Dyson vacuum cleaner and a Cuisinart coffee maker, police said. Vanlenten placed the items in a vehicle parked in the fire lane.

The suspect was seen re-entering the store, removing a power drill and leaving the store. Sears security confronted Vanlenten, who threw the drill at an officer and then proceeded to assault the individual with his fists until Officer Robert O'Neill arrived on the scene.

Lt. James Harris located the vehicle with the vacuum and coffee maker at the Toys R Us parking lot on Hooper Avenue shortly after the incident at Sears. Harris was able to return the merchandise to Sears.

The driver of the vehicle a 36-year-old, Seaside Heights man, who claimed he did not know the items were stolen. He was released after being issued a summons for driving with a revoked license.

Officer Scott Duncan was also involved in the investigation.

In a separate incident, Officer Michael Foy is investigating the theft of 2 4D truck batteries valued at $450 from Car Port Auto Parts on Route 70 sometime Monday into Tuesday, police said.

sally December 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
is there an error cause it says he robbied sears? and i agree with you kim... i know his ex wife and the shit she was put threw bye him he is getting his pay backs...
THE PUPPETMASTER December 21, 2012 at 04:23 PM
DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD!!!! Alas, there IS a God....Just wondered why it took 'em sooo long to nail this "illustrious person", & I use the term loosely. Just ran out of people to throw under the bus this time, I guess? Sadly, even if Karma repays him with 1% of the cruelty & misery he's dealt out to others, he'll just never be smart enough to "get it"! Don't mess with the Zohan, or myself, THE PUPPETMASTER! Merry Christmas, everyone.........
sally December 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I'M SURE some family member will get him out cause he is such a sweetheart to women children and animals...
THE PUPPETMASTER December 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Well Sally, to misquote an old proverb, "The ROTTEN APPLE nearly always falls directly under the twisted, diseased tree" with all the grace of pure ignorance on its journey! I recommend a REALLY GOOD pesticide!! Cheers to y'all fellow gardeners!!
blacky December 22, 2012 at 06:42 PM
hell yea its about time they got him. now my new year it gonna be a wonderful one. now is rah rah bitch hope he injoys his Christmas. I was celebrating when I heard and will continue too

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