The quest of a Forked River man to commit multiple crimes within the confines of the township has landed him in the Ocean County Jail where he faces multiple charges.

The myriad of crimes and charges facing the suspect was announced on Wednesday by Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Lacey Township Police Chief Michael DiBella.

It starts and ends on August 1 in Lacey Township, with details coming from an investigation run by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit-Arson Squad and Lacey Police Detectives.

Brian Salters, 43, of the Forked River section of town started his day by heading into a Wawa where he proceeded to steal an energy drink, and today is charged with Shoplifting as a result.

(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
(Photo Courtesy: Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
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From there, Salters then left Wawa and headed onto North Hollywood Boulevard where he then allegedly helped himself into six unlocked motor vehicles and came away with loose change from two of them.

Prosecutor Billhimer said that Salters also allegedly tried getting entry into three other vehicles but was unable to do so.

Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Ocean County Prosecutors Office. (Vin Ebenau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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While he was going through the vehicles though, Salters torched the inside of the passenger compartment, and after he set it on fire, he took off on a bicycle.

On Monday, August 22, Salters was charged, and served via complaint, while at the Ocean County Jail where he already was on unrelated charges.

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In all, Salters was charged with six counts of Burglary, three counts of Attempted Burglary, and two counts of Theft, Criminal Mischief, and Shoplifting.

Photo: Shawn Michaels
Photo: Shawn Michaels
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“The arrest of this defendant should serve as a reminder to everyone to lock their vehicles locked at all times, especially overnight. Although there is no evidence to suggest that this defendant attempted to steal any of these vehicles, there has been a dramatic increase in stolen vehicles statewide. Locking your vehicle and securing your key fob inside your home at night is the best protection against having your vehicle broken into or even worse – stolen,” Prosecutor Billhimer said in a written statement.

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