Barnegat detectives stick four people behind recent car thefts

The trend of vehicles unlocked with the keys inside continues, but police crack down twice as hard on those who get behind the wheel of a car that is not theirs and take off with it.

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This has happened in the counties of Ocean and Monmouth.

Cars, sometimes, more than 10 in the span of a few hours in the middle of the night stolen.

Thefts are made easier for thieves because the cars are unlocked and the keys inside in most cases.

Barnegat police said on Friday that four suspects behind the wave of auto thefts in their jurisdiction have been handcuffed.

The four, three minors and an adult male, were charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft. in connection with the theft of motor vehicles stolen from developments in Barnegat earlier this week.

A 16-year-old from Baltic Avenue in Atlantic City is charged with 3rd degree theft and two counts of 3rd degree conspiracy to commit theft.

A 17 year old from Clayton Way in Absecon is charged with 3rd degree theft and two counts of 3rd degree conspiracy to commit theft.

A 17-year-old from McKinley Avenue in Atlantic City is charged with 3rd degree theft and two counts of 3rd degree conspiracy to commit theft.

Henry Alvarez, 18, of Beach Avenue in Atlantic City, is charged with 3rd degree theft and two counts of 3rd degree conspiracy to commit theft.

Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain thanks local law enforcement with the Stafford Township Police Department, Atlantic City Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Office from the Ocean County District Attorney for their assistance in this investigation.

Chief Germain also praised the work of detectives and agents to catch suspects and warns anyone attempting to commit this or any type of crime in Barnegat.

Do not do it.

“We will not allow the crime and victimization that has exploded elsewhere to become mainstream and accepted here. Our detectives – working in concert with our local, regional and regional partners – have once again shown that they will quickly and effectively use their training, skills and extensive professional networks to bring those responsible for willful crimes to justice. our laws, ”Chief Germain said in a statement. “There will be consequences for committing crimes in the township of Barnegat.”

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