Outlandish behavior in Toms River - and clandestine behavior in Brick - lead to two heroin arrests in as many days. Both suspects landed in the Ocean County Jail.

Mark Wixler (Ocean Co. Dept. of Corrections)

Moonwalking or spaced?

Mark Wixler, 39, of Toms River was arrested at a township gas station late on October 12, after his antics in the on-site convenience store prompted a call to police by an employee.

At about 11:30 PM, Officer Walter Herman responded to the report of a man moonwalking through the aisles at the Hooper Avenue Speedway station, while looking for items to buy, loitering, and acting erratically.

During his interaction with Wixler, police said, Herman uncovered a $2,000 warrant for him issued in Neptune Township. Wixler was arrested on the strength of the warrant, but police said they later found a small amount of heroin and six hypodermic needles.

Behind closed doors

Stephen McCormack, 45, of Brick Township, was jailed in lieu of $80,000 bail after his October 13 arrest in the Gaslite Motel on Route 88.

Township police said that members of the Drug Enforcement Unit and Selective Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 6:26 PM, after conducting a heroin distribution probe that extended for several months.

According to police, McCormack was in Room 1with 110 wax folds of heroin. He faces two possession-related charges and one distribution count.

Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.

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