A thorough and extensive investigation run by Brick Township Police has led to the identification and arrest of a man who allegedly made a very expensive theft at Extreme Marine Construction on Princeton Avenue.

Brick Police said that 48-year old John Paul Cottrell Sr. is being charged with theft of movable property.

On the night of the theft, December 18, 2021, police learned that a man had loaded $47,000 work of aluminum beams onto a flat trailer belonging to Extreme Marine Construction and then removed the trailer with his own truck.

It was your help as well as a continued investigation that Brick Police said helped identify Cottrell Sr. as the suspect.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended at his home on January 6, 2022.

While placing him in handcuffs, police found evidence linking Cottrell Sr. to the crime itself and they seized that evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

Where the stolen goods are is not yet known, but police are looking and investigating what happened to the beams,

Following his arrest, Cottrell Sr. was brought to the Ocean County Jail.

If you have any additional information that can help with the investigation including any that could help lead to the recovery of the stolen property, you're asked to contact Detective Michael Bennett at 732-262-1122 or mbennett@brickpd.com.

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