Brick Township Teens Charged in Car Burglary Spree Probe
The barrage of burglaries in unlocked cars in Brick Township might be over with the arrest of two township 18-year-olds.
Dahkimalik Farod Short and David Jesus Hale, Jr., were apprehended Saturday at the Primrose Condominiums on Lanes Mill Road, police said. Lootings were reported there as well as at Greenbriar One, Wedgewood and Sutton Village.
Officers responding to a report of men using a flashlight to peer into parked cars prompted response at about 2:20 AM, police said.
Behind a Primrose Lane dwelling, officers spotted an SUV with its interior light activated and driver's door open, with one man inside and another between two parked vehicles, police said.
Both began running when confronted. Ford dropped an item that held loose change and was taken into custody by Patrolman Paul Catalina and his K-9 partner Duke after a short chase, police said.
Deeper investigation led officers to Hale's home, where it was learned that he was also the subject of a contempt-of-court warrant in the township, police said.
Some stolen items were recovered, but police point out that all burglarized vehicles were unlocked. They reiterate their advice to keep vehicles locked when they're not in use, and take, secure or hide items of value.
Short and Hale are charged with burglary, theft of moveable property, resisting arrest, and other individual counts. Each was placed in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River. Bail for each was set at $50,000 with no option for release on payment of 10 percent.
The case is in the hands of Detective Daniel Waleski, who can take information in confidence at 732-262-1170.