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Cops: Man Stole Backpack From Car in T.R. ShopRite Parking Lot, Then Stole 13 Items From the Store

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The suspect in a Dec. 14 theft in Toms River. (Credit: TRPD)
The suspect in a Dec. 14 theft in Toms River. (Credit: TRPD)

A one-man theft spree at the ShopRite store on Route 37 in Toms River has police asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.

According to police spokesman Ralph Stocco, the suspect entered an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot at about 10 a.m. Thursday morning and stole a backpack and drum sticks belonging to a local student. Then, he went into the supermarket, loaded up on 13 items and walked out without paying for them, said Stocco.

The cart was pushed outside to a waiting blue GMC Envoy van with an unknown driver, said Stocco. The van is registered to a Manchester address, however police have not yet tracked down the suspect or the vehicle’s operator. Officer Rebecca Sayegh took the initial investigation report and secured a copy of the surveillance images that are included with this story.

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Anyone with information on the man or the owner of the vehicle is urged to contact Detective Mark Bajada at 732-349-0150 extension 1241or mbajada@trpolice.org.  All information will be kept confidential.

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  • Goodgrief

    That is about the clearest surveillance photography I have ever seen.

  • Goodgrief

    William Swenson, 54, of Beachwood, was arrested Friday evening in the incident that happened Dec. 14.
    Toms River Detective Jon Turner and Patrol Officer Rebecca Sayegh took Swenson into custody at the Capstan Avenue address and charged him with burglary and theft, Stocco said. Swenson was released pending a future court date, he said.