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Toms River Police Chief: Lock Your Cars

Nearly 100 unlocked cars were entered in September in Toms River by thieves, chief Michael Mastronardy says

A report by a resident of a while male running from one car to another on ijn the Shelter Cove area triggered yet another plea from Toms River police to once again lock car doors.

Nearly 100 unlocked vehicles were entered during the nighttime hours in September, police chief Michael Mastronardy said.

A resident called police on Friday night after he looked out his window and saw a while male leave the vehicle and run to an a neighbor's vehicle checking for unlocked doors. When the doors were locked, he ran back to his vehicle, described as a blue 1990 Ford Ranger with larger than normal tires.

Anyone with information can call Det. Lieutenant Jeff Lenox at 732-349-0150 ext 1225.

Mac October 09, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Folks, Chief Mastronardy is offering you excellent advice. After all, this is election season and a long-time county incumbent who encouraged the unemployed to get off their lazy butts and get a job instead of living high on the hog with the $400 a week he doles out to them may have become an overnight inspiration to them. Some of these lazy bums may have taken his message and reputation of strong-armed contributions to heart, and have gone out to help make up for the faltering collections this official is currently experiencing. I understand the golden carpet that he normally rides through campaign season has been grounded. My thoughts are that this car robbing activity will decline after November 8.
. October 09, 2011 at 11:43 AM
On a more serious note, I work with people that see no reason to lock their doors on their home or cars. They feel people are going to break in anyway no matter what. I certainly can't understand that logic. Motion sensor lights near your driveway, will absolutely deter potential thieves from getting near your car. It is so easy to lock a door, I don't understand why people don't do it.
Mac October 09, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Perhaps because then their keys will be locked inside the car. However, your comment makes a lot of common sense.
Mac October 09, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Accepting responsibility for one's own actions is often a good place to start. It certainly makes it easily to police the neighborhood.
Mattie October 09, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Locking your cars - good idea. Not keeping loose change, dollar bills, wallets, jewelry, any form of ID, or anything of VALUE in your car is a better idea. These petty thieves are not ripping out radios or navigation systems... they are stealing items they find left in the car that they can grab quickly and pocket easily. My car got robbed a year ago, (I forgot to roll up the window) and all they got was a couple single dollar bills I had tucked into the visor, and a few old music CDs. They LOOKED everywhere- console, glove-box, etc, but they didn't get much. Kinda glad the window was down and they didn't jimmy the door or break a window....
J October 09, 2011 at 03:03 PM
With all this crime going on, where are the beefed up patrols? I should pass by *at least* 1 police cruiser on my way home from work, no?
Rachel Tomasi October 09, 2011 at 03:22 PM
J that's what I don't get. The only thing of"value"i was keeping in my van was my prescription glasses and sunglasses, also prescription. Useless to mostbut then there ARE crystals on the sunglasses.theyre older than I care to admit...8 yrs, yes I get my kids new ones yrly, but anyway I brought them inside n now I can't find them.great. I love having to change how we live for scumbags. Especially since I'm already security conscious, my parents were raised in the bronx and we moved to suburbs but we always locked up. Now I can't even keep coupon book in the car.sad.
Mattie October 09, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Rachel, no offense, but do you really think they want to steal someone's old granny prescription glasses? LOL You already aren't keeping anything of (real) value in the car, so why complain about changing your life for scumbags? Leave the glasses in the car where you can find them.... you don't need to change, you're doing fine. :-)
Mac October 09, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Have you given any thought to changing your route home so it goes by a Dunkin Donuts? Perhaps you're not aware, but the chain has suffered armed robberies recently, either with weapons or intimidation, or both. The police leadership probably feels direct confrontation warrants more attention than complaints from residents reporting their own lack of thought. I can live with the loss of an old Bazooka Joe comic in the ashtray, wherever they hide that coin holder today. Frankly, I feel much better when I see a police car in the area when I stop by for a cup of coffee. I'm even happy the buy the officers a donut if any come inside.
Sean Conneamhe October 10, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Cristoforo Colombo was America's first gangster. He came to America looking to make a lot of money and robbed and killed the local residents. Colombo was the first foreign terrorist to attack America.
MIC October 10, 2011 at 01:39 PM
My car was locked and still got robbed, it will help to tell people to lock thier car but its doesnt solve the crime issues. I mean why are thier like 3 cop cars always at the wawa, talk about a waste of resources. In my opinion, priorites have to change for the PD. Seems like they care about everything else but the stuff that is affecting us everyday.
Mike Hunt October 10, 2011 at 03:00 PM
All those who want to help the TRPD.Go to Radio Shack,buy a scanner and one of those helmits with the flashing red light on top.Then when there is a storm,and you hear TRPD out standing by for JCP&L to showup at wires down,w/1 1/2 hr ETA,GO THERE AND TELL THE COP YOUR A TAX PAYER AND YOU WILL WAIT IN THE RAIN!! he should be doing real police work !!!
. October 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM
I understand there was another "break in" through an unlocked garage door yesterday. I don't see the story on The Patch, but why are people still leaving doors to their homes and cars open?
Rachel Tomasi October 12, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Well the point i's whether my eleven hundred dollars 2 pr of glasses that I can't drive without or coupon books that cost me eighty five or my 40dollar car phone charger, my stuff should be safe in my property. My son left his bike out a while back for the first time unbeknownst to me and it was taken that one time he forgot.all I'm saying is it sucks,i just wana live and let live. You say nothing has affected me but My friend was robbed of over two hundred dollars and some personal electronics and thats a half block away and we have neighbors with countless arrests for alleged theft of expensive and cheaper items right within my street. Looked like a perfectly decent middle class neighborhood, paid top dollar the yr before thr real estate mkt crashed and yeah I have a right to be unhappy here, trust me.


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