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Police Investigating Car & Residential Break-Ins, Copper Theft

Toms River authorities investigating thefts of copper, jewelry, various electronics

The Toms River Police Department is investigating a series of recent thefts from both automobiles and residences in the area.

Officer Michael Gallipoli is investigating a theft of copper pipes that took place recently on Bay Stream Drive.

A neighbor noticed water coming from a nearby residence, and after calling the owner, contacted a plumber. The plumber who responded to fix the leak then discovered that the copper pipes were removed from the home's crawlspace. The plumber estimated that the stolen 50-foot section of pipe is valued at $1,500.

Toms River Officer Steven Austin is currently investigating a dozen recent thefts from unlocked vehicles in town, including the theft of an HP laptop, a Magnavox-brand VCR/DVD player and about $20 in change from an unlocked vehicle on Cayuga Court last Tuesday night.

Other items were also removed from unlocked cars on Shoshone Court, including an Apple iPod, and on Leawood Avenue, a Garmin GPS was removed from a vehicle. 

Additionally, four unlocked vehicles were also broken into last Tuesday night, in the Money Island section of the community. Removed from one of those unlocked vehicles were a Nikon-brand camera worth approximately $400, and a pair of Orvis-brand driving gloves.

Toms River Police are also investigating the burglary of a residence on Tanager Drive that occurred at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Officer Frank Lauria, heading the investigation into the burglary, reported that the suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s, with a medium build and short brown hair.

The suspect entered a rear sliding door of the home and removed various items of jewelry from the residence, including a ladies white gold bracelet and earrings valued at over $1,000. The suspect was seen driving from the home in a grey Ford Mustang convertible, with a black top and tinted windows.

Anyone with information on these thefts should contact Detective Mark Bajada of the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150, ext. 1241.

. March 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Again with the unlocked vehicles. Who leaves a laptops, DVRs, iPods, and a GPS in cars that are not locked. While no one has the right to go into your car, why make it easy for them? Just asking for trouble.
HR March 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
At this point if you leave your car unlocked in TR, after all the white trash people burglarizing the area, you deserve what you get for being stupid.
barbara March 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM
for sure, i agree....
Laci March 27, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Time to replace your ADT whole house security signs with, " PVC Installed Plumbing, No Scrap Value".
just me March 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Laci - If that wasn't so true it would be funny.
Rachel Tomasi March 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Im sure there are people who dont get the patch and are too busy to read the newspaper cover to cover in fairness. They may be blissfully ignorant.

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