Brick Police: Car Stolen From Mechanic

(Photo courtesy of Daniel Nee, Brick ShoreBeat)

BRICK – A traffic stop led to the arrest of a car thief and recovery of a stolen vehicle, police said.

On April 29 at 3:05 a.m., police saw a 2005 silver Subaru Forester stopped in the travel lane on Princeton Avenue near Robins Street. As police approached, the vehicle’s driver, Camilo Galindo-Sanmartin, 27, from Forked River, moved the vehicle to the shoulder.

Police pulled over to assist Sanmartin but suspected the vehicle was in the process of being repaired at an auto body shop, as parts were strewn inside the vehicle, and its key had an order tag. Sanmartin said the vehicle belonged to a friend, whose name he could not recall. He also appeared intoxicated.

Police confirmed that a vehicle matching this car’s description was stolen from Andrew’s Auto Body. The garage door was opened and a window smashed. Fresh tire marks were by an empty spot in the garage.

The vehicle was returned to Andrews Auto Body. Sanmartin was arrested and charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving and obstruction of traffic. He was processed at Brick Police headquarters and released on summons pending a court date.