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Police Trying to Locate Bronze Statue Stolen From OCC

Statue was likely taken for scrap value, police say

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
Toms River police are trying to find a bronze statue of William Hiering that was stolen from the campus of Ocean County College on Wednesday.

The statue was removed from its stone base and was likely taken for its scrap metal value, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

Police are still looking into the theft, he said.

"We assume it was taken for scrap metal value and may be anywhere in the tri state area," Stocco said.

As the theft was recently reported to police, information on its exact location on the OCC campus and details of its size and weight were not available.

The Hiering name is a familiar one on the OCC campus. In 2000, the college opened the William T. Hiering Science Building which houses houses six laboratories, one large classroom, a lecture hall with 120 seats as well as office space.

Police are asking anyone with information on the theft to contact Detective Randy Petrick at 732-349-0150, ext. 1235, or send a tip via the police department's Facebook page.

WMS826 February 27, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Heroin scumbag junkies....let's educate them eh Robert Yates.
Bowie Thelonius February 27, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Well that's just despicable!
Deep Throat February 27, 2014 at 05:56 PM
They get an "A" in ingenuity, and hopefully their graduation gift is ten years in the slammer.
Av February 27, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Maybe they had to pay a bar tab
Sean Conneamhe February 27, 2014 at 07:04 PM
"It was probably Delta House, the worst fraternity on campus... "Watch for for Bill's head to be on the hood of the Deathmobile during the Seaside Heights St. Patrick's Day Parade... "Long Live Harold Ramis..."
Fred Harbor February 27, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Where was Ocean County College security while the statue was being removed.
Mack Jenny February 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Are you kidding me?!?! Maybe if the college didn't have a fence that was blocking the entrance view, it would of been a clear sight of the person doing this. That fence is a problem for evacuation if a fire breaks out. Besides that.. Is this the same security shift that let the admin building flood with 10k gallons of water over the board room for 12+ hours before it was discovered?!?! Security just got a new contract after 5 years of not having one and you'd think they would do a better job of keeping an eye on the campus. Brilliant job to the people who are suppose to keep the campus secure!!
sharon remtory February 28, 2014 at 08:10 AM
maybe it was an inside job....
JFTR February 28, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Probably already been melted down a a scrap metal yard, half of the shit they got coming through there is stolen.
DK February 28, 2014 at 08:52 AM
I saw 2 guys tilt the head of the statue back and then those 2 guys slid down some poles....Strange.
Jennifer Holland February 28, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Security was prob too busy giving out parking tickets at the gateway building...
makemyday February 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM
From the picture, it looks to be a big, heavy statue. Not sure where on campus it is , but I would think you would see it on the back of a truck or at least hear the commotion removing it. Security???
Mortimer Snerd February 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Statutory rape.
Robert Yates February 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM
@WMS826: how about we arrest the perpetrators and prosecute them for larceny? Would that be okay? I doubt people who were massively sedated by opiates would be able to move such a hefty item. Perhaps their drug of choose was cocaine. At least that would assist them in their criminal endeavor. You didn't pay attention in DARE class did you?
BrickAmericanMan February 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Jose February 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM
College prank, ever think of that? None the less, I'm sure the police would like to make a "bust." lol
Mack Jenny February 28, 2014 at 06:22 PM
Makes you wounder what kind of management is running the security department. How does something like this happen with hundreds of cameras around campus? Bob Kumpf is the security chef and he really needs to reorganize his nightly crew who will manage the college more securely during the evening.. If a several hundred pound statue head can get stolen, god only knows what else has been stolen under the colleges nose..
Mama March 02, 2014 at 10:20 AM
How is anyone going to melt this down before they scrap it? You can't! Do you think the scrap metal place is gonna accept this from someone? Obviously it's stolen and if the scrap metal place were smart, they would call the authorities immediately and have whoever arrested.
G-Mann March 05, 2014 at 03:04 AM
I read the blogs from ole Smack Jenny and I had to comment. 10K of water for 12 hours? Did you have first hand info here? or are you just regurgitating "facts" from some moron. The building was checked as were the other 20 buildings that night. OCC is one of the safest college campuses in this state! As far as a statue getting stolen, does it weigh 700 lbs? More of your fun facts? Hey listen Smack if you want to come to OCC and show the security team a thing or two, sign up as a reservist. You could impress us all with your knowledge of security and maybe you could get more accurate facts for your next bullshniz blog!
G-Mann March 05, 2014 at 03:19 AM
Dang Smack Jenny, another one? First off, you should attend OCC. It is a great school and maybe they could touch up yer speakin skylls some! Wounder? was that Wonder? Security CHEF? You mean Chief right? I hate to play the school marm but if you are slingin the shiz you gotta keep yours straight. The college security department is run very well. Things have been stolen and most if not all of the folks that committed the thefts were caught. There are not "hundreds " of cameras on compus dude, sounds a little hysterical dont ya think? Oh and about your "700" pound statue (you mean the 250 pound bust) you have to keep one thing in mind Smack. Anything can be stolen at any time, by anyone. I could steal your skivvies off of you given the right circumstances. Again I gotta say Smack, either you or the mope you have been talking to have to get their "facts" straight. If your gonna talk the shiz fool at least keep it straight.


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