Suspicious Incident Yields No Explosives, But A 500-Pound Pig And Guns

Pig. (File photo)
Pig. (File photo)

TOMS RIVER – A Toms River man was arrested after police found a loaded shotgun in his car this morning.

  On July 8 at approximately 7 a.m., Toms River Police arrested Joseph Kelly in the parking lot of the police department. Kelly informed police that he may have a warrant for his arrest.

  Police found a loaded shotgun “serving no legitimate purpose” in Kelly’s vehicle and he was charged and transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. 

  Police later checked on Kelly’s residence on Egret Drive to ensure the safety of any other occupants based upon statements Kelly made during detention. The residence was found empty with the exception of some additional weapons and ammunition. 

  In addition to ammunition, Animal Control removed a 500 lb. pig from the residence for safe keeping. At no time were threats made to the public. 

  “Due to the unknown age and condition of some of the located munitions, the New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit responded and assisted in their removal as a precautionary measure. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office also assisted in the investigation,” stated police.

   Egret Drive was closed for several hours during the investigation. The road has since been reopened. 

  The investigation is ongoing.