Two Forked River men tied to over 30-car burglaries across three towns
It was a three on one match-up that brought a close to an investigation into a rash of car burglaries in Ocean County.
Berkeley, Ocean Gate and Lacey Police combined to arrest two Forked River men Thursday who are tied to over 30 car burglaries to unlocked vehicles in the last two months within those three towns announced Berkeley Chief Karin DiMichele, Lacey Chief Michael DiBella and Ocean Gate Chief Michael Kuchta.
These burglaries occurred during the overnight hours by men often wearing dark clothing, face masks hoods and gloves.
Often times they stole items to include loose change, electronics, gift cards, credit cards and other personal items.
As a result of these burglaries an intense joint investigation began by the detective bureaus of the respective towns.
This investigation resulted in recovered evidence which ultimately led to the identity of two individuals suspected to have committed some of these burglaries.
These subjects were identified as,Corey Heulitt, 29, of Pensacola Road and Michael Mennicucci, 33, of Pensacola Road.
Police executed a search warrant was executed Thursday at the Pensacola Road home and found evidence from many of the crimes scenes of the burglaries as well as evidence linking Heulitt to a stolen car reported last week in Lacey Township.
Heulitt was also found to be in possession of Heroin and associated paraphernalia.
He was charged with 13 counts of burglary and theft as well as theft of an automobile.
Mennicucci was charged with 2 counts of burglary and theft and was also remanded to the Ocean County Jail.
Residents are reminded to lock their car door in order to prevent themselves from being a victim of theft.
This case remains under investigation.
Although these suspects are linked to several of these burglaries, police believe that additional suspects may also be involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau at 732-341-1132x611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can be anonymous.
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