Toms River Arrests 54-Year-Old Man, Charging Him With Store Burglary String

Michael Arsenault of the American Motel was allegedly responsible for seven other commercial burglaries dating back to May.

Michael Arsenault
Michael Arsenault

Toms River police have arrested a man in connection with a 30 day investigation involving a string of overnight commercial burglaries.

Michael Arsenault, 54, of the American Motel was arrested and charged with numerous burglaries, thefts, and criminal mischiefs, as well as resisting arrest, obstruction of law and possession of burglary tools.

According to Toms River Police:

Officer Eric Harris was investigating Arsenault as a suspicious person when he was found walking on Route 166 near James Street on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m., carrying a large box on top of his head. 

When he was approached, Arsenault allegedly dropped the box and fled north on Route 166. The officer gave chase and, after a brief struggle, Arsenault was taken into custody.

Hidden in his pants was a plastic bag full of cash. Inside of the box was a large amount of perishable food that was still cold; a flashlight; and some tools commonly used by burglars for breaking into structures, police said. 

Some of the money had writing on it which linked it to a nearby restaurant. A check of “Shut up and Eat” Restaurant at 804 Main St. located a smashed out window frame. The phone wires had also been cut and there was interior damage to the business, as well as missing cash and food, police said.

Additional investigative work done by Detective Roger Hull determined that Arsenault was allegedly responsible for seven other commercial burglaries dating back to May, police said.

Arsenault was allegedly linked to burglaries at Pisces Seafood, AIC Insurance, Twin Roofing, Safelight Auto Glass, Johns Riverside Florist, Villa Amalfi Restaurant, and  Firestone Auto Repair. 

Arsenault remains lodged in the Ocean County Jail on $180,000 bail.


Marynary June 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Nice work Officer Harris. He just would kept doing the burglaries if you had not caught him.
Paul E Taylor Jr June 27, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Well another inmate from the No Tell Motel strikes again
Deep Throat June 27, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Add this dump to the list of hotels in town where nothing good ever happens. Always a big red flag when the police arrest someone and his address is a hotel. I guess these people stay in these rat traps for the free continental breakfast.
love June 27, 2014 at 07:49 PM
your right marynary, and who knows maybe he would of killed someone... but Thank God he got caught, good job Officer Harris.. my Son is a Police Officer up in North Bergen nj. he made the news a few times, catching one of a gang member called the Bloods the same gang member that killed the police officer in Lakewood, a few years back, I'll never forget that, that was the worst ever. He busted a doctor growing weed in his apartment.. I'm proud of him, but I rather not know, I try not to worry, and keep it positive and see him doing well.. I keep those bad thoughts out of my head, and I do a lot of praying... my son had great role models growing up.. boy scout, he was an emt before coming a police officer..He was guided from the Good of our Lord, and other people who cared enough to show him the way.. Thank you Jesus. keep our Police Officer's safe always and help them and guide them to catch this crazies on the street doing harm to others and just keep them all safe amen. ;) Thank you to our police department for keeping us all safe, amen
Nancy June 28, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Section eight probably. Are the citizens paying for his rent along with the other scum lodged in local hotels?


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