BERKELEY – Two Forked River men have been arrested in connection with a rash of car burglaries in several municipalities during December and January.
Corey Heulitt, 29, was charged with 13 counts of burglary and theft as well as theft of an automobile.
Michael Mennicucci, 33, was charged with two counts of burglary and theft.
Both were processed and taken to Ocean County Jail.
Berkeley and Lacey townships police detectives and Ocean Gate Borough Police detectives launched their multi-agency investigation after more than 30 car burglaries of unlocked vehicles had been reported. The burglaries happened overnight. Heulitt and Mennicucci allegedly wore dark clothing, face masks, hoods and gloves, stealing loose change, electronics, gift cards, credit cards and other personal items.
The investigation by these agencies eventually led to evidence which pointed to the two men. A search warrant was executed at one of their residences, were evidence of the burglaries was found. Evidence also linked Heulitt to an auto theft in Lacey. Heroin and drug paraphernalia were also found in his home.
Additional suspects may be involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley Township Detective Bureau at 732-341-1132, ext. 611 or email email@example.com. Tips can be anonymous.
The lead detective for Berkeley is Detective Michael O’Connor assisted by Detective Lieutenant Peter La Rocca, Detective Joe Santoro, Detective Michael Riccardelli, Detective William Somers, Detective Michael Tier and Detective Shawn Bowens. Lead Detectives for Lacey are Detective Keith Pierce and Detective Brian Flynn assisted by Detective Sam DellaSalla and Detective Adam Ewart.
Lead Detective for Ocean Gate is Detective Steve Shan assisted by Sergeant Vincent La Rocca. The Ocean County SWAT Team South assisted in the safe execution of the warrant.
Residents are reminded, once again, to lock their vehicle doors.