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Brick Township Man Held in Burglary Spree, Second Suspect Sought

A rash of 10 burglaries and attempts at Brick Township shops last weekend leads investigators to a man who lives near the scene of the crimes.

Police accuse James R. Donegan of break-ins reported in rapid succession early Sunday morning at the Red Lion Plaza. Investigators say seven shops in the mall and nearby on Drum Point Road showed evidence of entry, and three more bore marks of attempts. All except one had rear-door damage where forced entry either took place or was tried.

The probe is still open as investigators look for a second individual believed to have been involved. They disclosed no other details about the second suspect.

According to authorities, the burglary spree resulted in the disappearance of goods and cash amounting to about $500, and damages adding up in excess of $7,500.

Impacted stores include DeCaro’s Pizza, Sub Shack, New York Touch Nail Salon, Red Lion Cleaners, Wishing Well Cards and Gifts, and Mega Nails in the Red Lion Plaza, and the Dog House on Drum Point Road. Break-in attempts were logged at Jersey Farms in the Red Lion Plaza as well as at Sunshine Fruit and Vegetable Market and Boardwalk Hot Dogs on Drum Point Road.

Donegan’s bail in Brick Township Municipal Court was set at $25,000 with no option for release on payment of 10 percent.

Anyone who has information that can help the probe can call Brick Township Police Detective Dan Waleski, 732-262-1120.

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