Cops: Car Burglar Nabbed In Mill Creek

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BERKELEY – Berkeley and Ocean Gate police, as well as some surveillance footage, helped catch a serial car burglar.

 On May 2, police said they responded to a number of motor vehicle burglaries in the Mill Creek area of Bayville. Someone had opened unlocked vehicles, often parked in the victims’ driveways. Cash, change and pocketbooks were stolen.

Video surveillance was obtained of the suspect as he committed some of the burglaries. In response to this, Berkeley and Ocean Gate police patrolled the area.

Michael Mele, 26, of Arizona Drive in Toms River, was identified as the suspect. He was spotted at around 2:30 a.m. riding his bicycle in the neighborhood.

 He was charged with attempted burglary. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued by the Ocean County Superior Court. More charges are expected, police said. He was released in accordance to the Bail Reform Act.

The police credited the work of detectives Joseph Santoro, Michael Tier and Detective Sgt. Peter LaRocca, as well as officers Ryan Wahl, Tim Pizzella, and Mainor Puerto. Ocean Gate’s Sgt. Vincent LaRocca and Officer Rich Zonin were also credited with their help.

Suspicious activity can always be reported to the police tip line at 732-341-1132 ext. 611 or in email to Tips can remain anonymous.