Suspected ATM thief, graffiti vandal nabbed in Asbury Park
A Neptune man who allegedly swiped three entire automatic teller machines from high-profile spots in Asbury Park, and a Bradley Beach man suspected of tagging buildings all over the city, face a raft of charges in separate investigations.
Missing money machines
Aaron Hearon, 51, faces charges connected to the rash of ATM lootings, and an alleged accomplice is on the run.
The thefts began September 20 at Langosta Lounge and Lightly Salted. Police say that in addition to the Langosta Lounge cash machine containing about $1,700, a sizable number of bottles of alcohol disappeared, along with about $3,200 worth of merchandise from Lightly Salted.
Hearon is also charged with swiping an ATM filled with about $1,600 from the Passion Group on Cookman Avenue, on September 26, and with breaking into Convention Hall to take a third cash machine loaded with about $1,500 the following day.
All three ATMS were discovered discarded in Neptune, police said.
Darren Covington, 51, faces identical charges when he is captured. Anyone with information about either suspect should e-mail Detective Joseph Spallina, or call him at 732-775-2578.
Criminal mischief charges against the Bradley Beach man suspected of spreading the spray-paint tag "JMACK" on buildings throughout Asbury Park will be filed when police have determined how many places it's popped up.
Vernon Williams, 51, also called "Jodi Mack" and "JMACK," was arrested October 3.
According to police, he was carrying orange-colored Liquitex brand paint marker and wearing black wool gloves embossed with paint-spattered white skeleton designs when he was taken into custody.
In some instances, the tag was accompanied by other markings, including "DUMP TRUMP" and "CCH," police said. They're urging anyone who's spotted the graffiti to e-mail Detective Joseph Spallina or reach him at 732-775-2578.
Charges are accusations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless, and until, found guilty in a court of law.