Suspect In Waretown Thefts Also Facing Drug Charges

Thefts occurred in the Dogtown section of Waretown, police say

Courtesy of Ocean Township Police Department
Courtesy of Ocean Township Police Department

Police have arrested a Waretown man in connection with several burglaries and thefts from the Dogtown section of the township.

The investigation began when residents reported that unknown actor(s) were entering their garages - and in one incident, an unoccupied house - and stealing copper wire, extension cords and copper pipes

Investigators were able to develop a suspect through a local scrap dealing, Detective Sgt. William Sneddon saw the suspect selling wires and extension cords at a local scrap dealer on March 14, police said.

Police stopped the car the suspect was riding in after the sale. The suspect - whose name was not released by police - was taken into custody without incident.

Police also discovered the suspect possessed a hypodermic syringe and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, possession of stolen property, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe, police said.

The suspect was taken to the Ocean County Jail in Toms River in lieu of $25,000 bail.

So far only two victims have been able to identify and recover some of the stolen property. Police still have several extension cords and wiring that has not been claimed.

"We are asking residents to check their property and contact the Police Department if you find that any wiring or copper went missing in the past month," according to the report. The suspect primarily targeted the Dogtown section of Ocean Township.

The Peoples Champ March 19, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Rodert Yates March 20, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Why is the suspects name not released? We have a constitutional right to find out who this suspect is! I hope the residents of Waretown are paying attention to how many police officers they have hired. If the police are watching the scrap yards that means they have too much time on their hands!!
Doug Hart March 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Probably relations on the pd or board members


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