Ocean County Man Charged Over String Of Break-Ins

John Cottrell (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

  LACEY – A Jackson Township man has been charged for a series of break-ins that occurred on the same street in Forked River.

  The burglaries happened at three different homes on Roanoke Drive on February 12 and 13. All incidents involved the suspect using forced entry including broken windows, police said.

  As a result, over $2,000 of items were stolen from the home and $1,500 worth of damages were estimated.

  Investigation led police to identify 46-year-old John Cottrell Jackson Township as the suspect. Authorities searched Cottrell’s home and car, seizing items that belonged to the victims as well as discovering additional evidence connected to the crimes.

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  Cottrell was charged with three counts of Burglary, two counts of Theft, one count of Criminal Attempt – Theft, and three counts of Criminal Mischief. Cottrell was served with his copies of the criminal complaint at the Ocean County Correctional Facility, where he was being held on unrelated charges, police said.

  Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.