Jackson Police Seek Info On Bike Thieves

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Update August 1: Thanks to multiple tips from the public, the bike has been recovered and suspects have been identified. The investigation is continuing at this time. We’d like to thank all those who have assisted with this investigation. – Jackson Police

JACKSON – Jackson Township Police are looking for information on suspects involved in the theft of a bicycle that was left outside of the Wawa on Bennetts Mills Road.

The bike was stolen on the evening of July 31. A teenaged victim reported that it had been stolen while he was inside the store.

Police Officers Joe Pante and Cassie De La Torre reviewed the store’s security footage and watched a newer model blue Dodge Ram 1500 pickup with several occupants pull up to the store at approximately 7:29 p.m. The driver entered the store, and came back to his truck, but a rear seat passenger grabbed the bike and rode away.

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The driver was described as a white male with light brown or blonde hair, wearing dark colored shorts and a dark colored tank top with a red and white striped logo on it.  The passenger was described as a white male with dark hair, wearing dark colored shorts and a dark shirt with a small logo on it.

This man was last seen riding the bike on Manhattan Street, heading in the direction of the Bennetts Mills Road intersection.

The victim and responding officers checked the area for the bike and vehicle but were unable to locate them. The bike was described as a Cult Gateway BMX with a silver body, black handlebars and orange tires, it was valued at $600.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111 or through the P3 Tips application.

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Ocean County native Jennifer Peacock is a community journalist and photographer. She’s written for weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for more than 20 years. Readers can contact her at jpeacock@jerseyshoreonline.com.