Jesse James Sauer (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Jesse James Sauer (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

A local man has been charged with breaking into two Toms River homes and for stealing a vehicle, police said Thursday.

Jesse James Sauer, 25, of Beachwood, was charged July 12 with multiple break-ins and the vehicle theft, Toms River police spokesman Ralph Stocco said.

On July 7, Sauer was alleged to have entered two homes in the Cranmoor section of the township and removed property and cash.  He additionally is alleged to have stolen a motor vehicle from the Money Island area of the township on July 10.  In the case of the vehicle theft, the 2003 Ford F350 was subsequently found on fire in the woods of South Toms River the morning after it was stolen.

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Sauer was charged by Toms River detectives with committing burglaries to two houses as well as the vehicle theft. He was additionally charged by the South Toms River Police Department with aggravated arson, hindering, and destruction of evidence as it related to the stolen truck from Toms River.

Proceeds of the crimes were located upon the execution of a court-authorized search warrant at Sauer’s Beachwood residence.  Sauer remains lodged in the Ocean County Jail.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI, Ocean County Fire Marshall, South Toms River Police, and Beachwood Police and Fire departments worked cooperatively to tie Sauer to the crimes, Stocco said.