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Ocean Township Supermarket Strongarm Robbery Suspects Sought

One suspect is arrested and two are at large in connection with a May 9 strongarm robbery at a Wegman’s supermarket in Monmouth’s Ocean Township.

Suspect in May 9 Wegman's Robbery, Ocean Township (Ocean Twp. Police Dept)
Suspect in May 9 Wegman’s Robbery, Ocean Township (Ocean Twp. Police Dept)

Shannel Rice, 21, of Neptune, is charged iwth robbery, simple assault and criminal mischief and is free on bail to await a court hearing. Police have issued photos in hopes of tracking down the other two suspects.

According to police, employees reported three women shoplifting bottles of liquor just before 8 PM that day. Authorities say they bolted from the store when confronted by workers. Rice is accused of knocking one over as she fled and tossing her purse full of liquor bottles at another.

Police say they drove off in a tan or gold four-door vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet, with New Jersey license plates. The license number is unknown.

Suspect in May 9 Wegman's Robbery, Ocean Township (Ocean Twp. Police Dept)
Suspect in May 9 Wegman’s Robbery, Ocean Township (Ocean Twp. Police Dept)

Anyone who recognizes either suspect and can help the investigation can call Detective Jeffrey Malone, 732-531-1800.

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