Police Blotter: Toms River Police Recover Stolen Retail Items
TOMS RIVER–Toms River Police responded to the sears store at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a shoplifting incident. Officer Scott Duncan’s investigation found that loss prevention officers observed a male suspect left the store without paying for a Dyson vacuum cleaner and a Cuisinart coffee maker valued at $800. The suspect placed the items in a jeep parked in the fire lane. The suspect then was observed reentering the store and removing a power drill and leave the store. The suspect was confronted and threw the drill at the loss prevention officer and then began to assault the loss prevention officer with his fists until officer Robert O’Neill arrived on the scene. Officers arrested Kenneth Vanlenten 41 of 103 Chestnut Street Forked River charged with robbery and lodged in Ocean County Jail on $50,000 bail no 10%.
The vehicle he placed the original items in was located by Lieutenant James Harris shortly after the Sears incident in the Toys R Us lot. Lt. Harris was able to return the stolen property that was located in the jeep back to sears. The driver of the vehicle a 36 year old Seaside Heights man claimed he did not know the items were stolen. He was released after being issued a summons for revoke driving.
Elsewhere, officer Michael Foy is investigating the theft of 2 4D truck batteries valued at $450 from Car Port auto on Route 70 sometime Monday into Tuesday.