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Resident of Sandy-Damaged Home Interrupts Burglary, Brick PD Arrests Toms River Man

Cops: 22-year-old suspect may be responsible for 10 to 12 burglaries in recent weeks

A Toms River man has been charged with burglary after police say a resident spotted him inside his Sandy-damaged Toronto Drive home and called police.

Police now believe their suspect, Robert Kovacs, 22, of Toms River, may be responsible for between 10 and 12 more additional burglaries in areas of town affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The owner of the home on Toronto Drive, in the township's Seawood Harbor section, called police after he spotted a man flee out the back door of his home around 10:45 p.m. Monday night, according to Sgt. Keith Reinhard.

The resident told police that when he returned home Monday night, he parked his car in a neighbor's driveway due to his own driveway being blocked by storm debris. When he arrived, he found an unknown vehicle parked in that neighbor’s driveway, occupied by a female and a three-month old baby.

"The female indicated that she was waiting for her boyfriend who was at a friend’s home in the neighborhood," said Reinhard.

Upon entering his own house, the resident discovered that there was an intruder in his home, who had just fled out the back door. The victim notified police and gave a description of the vehicle that the intruder entered, said Reinhard.

Brick Police Ptl. Eric Haugh spotted and ultimately stopped the vehicle on Adamston Road and, after speaking with its occupants, placed Kovacs under arrest for the Toronto Drive burglary, said Reinhard.

The female passenger and her baby were also escorted to Brick Police Headquarters.

Kovacs was ultimately charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief and possession of burglar’s tools. He was processed on a warrant and his bail was set by Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore at $30,000 cash.

He was transported to the Ocean County Jail where he remained Tuesday, jail records showed.

As a result of an investigation by Brick Police Detectives Michael Feeney and Mark Byrne, police now now believe Kovacs could be responsible for as many as 10 to 12 additional burglaries in recent weeks, all of which are located in areas of town that were affected by the storm.

The other burglaries are still under investigation.

"Certainly, depending on what they come up with, there could be additional charges," said Reinhard.

P B February 28, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Gold Maxima is the Gondalfo brothers Frank and Chris... both pill heads who are going to get their ass kicked. Along with their deadbeat friend Chris Kavanaugh... another theif.
P B February 28, 2013 at 07:54 PM
*thief.
Nottelling March 01, 2013 at 08:11 AM
I graduated with the Gondalfo brothers, they used to live on the corner of A street. There both scumbags, especially Chris who thinks he is involved in the mob. The both of them are fake wannabee hardcore Italian tough guys, The thing where they both screwed up on is getting high on their own supply. They wanna sell pills when they do heroin and pain killers. Just doesn't make sense, nothing but trash.
anonymous March 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
not toms river
Tom Cular April 20, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I Must agree, Brick PD was ineffectual when our home was broken into 3 times, dusting for fingerprints and just leaving dark dust all over the house.

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