Suspect Arrested In Shore Area Food Market Burglary

Albert Tilton. (Photo courtesy Brick Township Police)
Albert Tilton. (Photo courtesy Brick Township Police)

BRICK – A Brick man was arrested after burglarizing a local market Thursday.

Albert Tilton, 63, of Pine Drive, was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, and criminal mischief in excess of $3000 worth of damage.

Surveillance footage from Sweet Green Food Market on Hooper Avenue caught a man breaking the front door glass with a sledge hammer at 3 a.m. June 20. The man took cash from the register and left. He returned about 30 minutes later and removed a floor safe.

Brick Township Police reviewed the footage and were on the lookout for the suspect.

Around 6 p.m., a woman called police to report a male relative had showed up at her home around 8:30 a.m. asking for a ride to the local flea market to sell some items. She refused and the relative left. The woman complained that the relative was acting “somewhat irrational.” She showed police Ring footage of the relative, who looked like the man who burglarized the market that morning.

Police went to Tilton’s Pine Drive home. They found him riding a bicycle nearby. He was stopped and arrested.

Police recovered the stolen cash and found the safe and sledge hammer in his home. The market’s cash register was found in a trail in the woods from Pine Drive to Hooper Avenue.