JACKSON – Two Browns Mills men have been arrested and charged with the theft of a catalytic converter, police said.
On May 8, residents from a home on Monmouth Road reported that two suspects had stolen the part out of their car.
The victims told police that they received an alert from their security camera system that someone was on their property. They observed two men by their cars and in their yard. After they called out to the suspects through their security system, they left.
As the victims were arriving home, the suspects were pulling out of the driveway, police said. The victims were able to get the license plate of the suspect’s truck. When they talked to them, the suspects claimed they were interested in purchasing the car.
The victims then learned the catalytic converter had been removed from their car and contacted police.
Investigation revealed that 28-year-old William Anderson and 35-year-old John Strong, both from Browns Mills, were the suspects. Both were arrested and charged with theft and trespassing. They were then lodged in the Ocean County Jail.
Police seized the 2004 Dodge pickup driven during the incident and $1,000 in cash.
The public are reminded that any persons arrested or charged with any offenses or crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.