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Man Charged With Stealing Victim's Phone From Scene of Serious Crash

Police allegedly found man in nearby bar with phone stolen from motorcycle accident

An onlooker to a serious motorcycle accident allegedly stole one of the crash victim's phones that was laying on the ground, and was arrested in a nearby bar, police said.

The motorcyclist and his passenger were thrown from a Harley Davidson after striking a curb, leaving both with serious injuries, said Toms River Police Captain Steven Henry.

The crash, at around 8:45 p.m. Sept. 30, was in the K-Mart Plaza parking lot on Route 37 East in Toms River, where Avo Kubar struck a curb and crashed.

Kubar, 49, of Brick and his passenger Erica Pach-Doyle, were thrown from the motorcyle and seriously injured, Henry said. Kubar was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center and Pach-Doyle was transported to Community Medical Center.

"At this time it is unknown why Kubar struck the curb," Henry said in an email. "The investigation is being conducted by Traffic Safety Officer David Bartoshek." Anyone with information is asked to call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

Among the first responders was Office Paul Burkhardt, who saw a cell phone on the ground near the crash, but after assisting the victims turned to find it was gone, Henry said.

Henry said Burkhardt began questioning witnesses after believing the phone was stolen from the crash scene.

"Officer Burkhardt, after assisting with treating the crash victims, returned to retrieve the cell phone believing it belonged to one of the accident victims.  Officer Burkhardt found that the cell phone was no longer there," Henry said.  "Burkhardt questioned several witnesses, who stated that a male subject was in the area of the phone and had left in a hurried manner."

Henry said a man was inside the plaza's tavern with the victim's phone. Burkhardt used a description of the suspect to locate the man and questioned him, allegedly finding the victim's phone on him.

The man, James Rivera, 28 of Bel Aire Court, was arrested and charged with theft, Henry said.

"The cell phone was later determined to be the property of the crash victim," said the captain.

Responding to the scene was Toms River EMS, Silverton EMS and MONOC Paramedics.   

David Sexton October 02, 2012 at 10:53 AM
What a world we live in
Rachel Tomasi October 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
How low can some people stoop. I hope the cyclists are ok.
Scott October 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Was he charged?
Glenn Covert October 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
No, but the phone was.
MyOpinion October 02, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I was there that night.. Saw the kid get arrested. He was bragging about it. Cop came in, kid acted like "what"??? Cop slammed cuffs on him so fast LOL
Nick October 02, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Glen,....ô¿Ô... LMAO....Sounds like they were both charged...
Terry Mark Lawlor October 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Wait till his insurance company gets the bill for the helicopter medi-vac.
JMAR October 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
What a dirtbag. Get your own phone loser.
Donna October 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
You never know who is watching you......and just waiting to benefit from unfortunate situations. Not nice!!
barbara October 02, 2012 at 10:14 PM
unbelievable, such a low life scumbag......
Matt October 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
It was probably a crappy iPhone.
Veronica Adamkiewicz October 03, 2012 at 03:36 AM
What is wrong with people??? Glad he was arrested.
Dazysunshine October 03, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Any word on the biker?
ryan October 03, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I gotz to get my IPHONE 5 wit out payin! Scumbag!
Sandra October 03, 2012 at 07:04 PM
He DOES get one phone call now.


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