Small Change Means Big Trouble for Toms River Burglary Suspect
Four dollars, a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, two small bottles of maple syrup and three New Jersey Lottery tickets land a Toms River 28-year-old in hot water with the law – because, police say, he palmed them while looting a car in the middle of the night.
William Saal faces charges of burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools for the incident that was reported at about 3:20 AM Monday on Colorado Avenue in the township.
Police say an officer responding to a 56-year-old man’s screams for help outside a house on the 1400 block found Saal inside the homeowner’s car. The alleged victim claimed that he found Saal inside the car while letting his dog out of the house, and kept him there until police arrived.
Saal said he was “only looking for a place to sleep,” police said. The officer found the items by running Saal’s pockets, along with $11 in change wrapped in an athletic sock and other small items, police said.
Saal denied owning any of the additional items but couldn’t explain how they ended up in his pockets, police said. He was placed in the Ocean County Jail, with bail set at $20,000.
Police did not indicate whether the car’s owner had locked it before leaving it for the night.