Ocean County Man Arrested For Stealing $47K Of Construction Material

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  BRICK – A Jackson man has been arrested and charged with theft after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of property from a local Construction company, police said.

  The theft occurred on December 18, 2021 at the Extreme Marine Construction on Princeton Ave. According to police, the suspect had loaded nearly $47,000 worth of aluminum beams onto a flat trailer owned by the business and then removed the trailer with his truck.

  After gathering numerous anonymous tips from the public, police were able to identify the suspect as 48-year-old John Paul Cottrell Sr. of Jackson.

  On January 6, Cottrell was arrested at his home. He was charged with theft of movable property and lodged in Ocean County Jail.

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  Police said that they discovered additional evidence linking Cottrell to the crime during his arrest. The stolen property has not yet been found and the investigation is still ongoing.

  The Brick Township Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter, and are asking anyone who may have any additional information pertaining to the investigation that may lead to the stolen property to contact Det. Michael Bennett at 732-262-1122 or mbennett@brickpd.com.