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Neighbor’s Tip Leads To Burglar’s Arrest

Toms River Police nab a burglary suspect thanks to a tip from a local resident.

According to Chief Mike Mastronardy, 27 year old Anthony Carrino from Berkeley is being charged with burglary, attempted burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police received a call Thursday around 11 a.m. from a person on Cedar Point Court, who reported a suspicious male walking aimlessly around the neighborhood. He watched as the individual entered the rear yard of his neighbor’s house. Shortly after, he observed the same individual jump the fence to the rear of the house and run away.

Community Service Officers Chris Hansson and Louis Perez, driving a Township Ambulance and hearing the description on the radio, observed the suspect on Dave Marion Road. They watched the suspect until police officers arrived and arrested him.

At the same time the department received a call from a resident of Twin Oaks Drive who reported a suspicious male sleeping in the wood line near Cedar Grove School the night before.

Police located a make shift campsite and also what appeared to be proceeds from a burglary on Brookside Drive. The description of the male matched that of the suspect in custody for the Cedar Point Court burglary attempt.

The investigation revealed that the suspect, Carrino, had attempted to enter the rear of the residence on Cedar Point Court and was responsible for the burglary and theft of a residence on Brookside Drive reported on August 21, 2013. The suspect stated he was homeless and was living in the woods for a couple of days prior to his arrest.

The Toms River Police Department would like to acknowledge the individuals who called with information regarding these two cases, for without their cooperation these crimes may yet be unsolved.

Carrino is currently locked up in the Ocean County Jail on $10,000.00 bail with no 10% option.

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