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Three Charged With Thefts From Sandy-damaged Homes

Detectives made the arrests in the Drum Point Road and Baywood Boulevard area.

A Whiting resident and two Lakewood residents have been arrested and charged with theft of movable property after Brick Township police said they were seen removing items from Sandy-damaged homes.

Derek Lombarski of Whiting and Joni and Walton Britton were arrested after police said the three were spotted traveling in an orange Chevy in the area of Drum Point Road. The three allegedly were removing metal from damaged homes.

Detectives spotted the vehicle a short time later in the area of Drum Point Road and Baywood Boulevard.

Police and detectives reportedly observed numerous marine batteries and copper piping in the rear of the car, which led to the arrests.

All three suspects have been charged with the theft of copper piping and marine batteries, and for the theft of an air conditioning unit, which was reportedly stolen earlier in the week.

The batteries and copper piping were allegedly taken from Seville Drive that morning police said, and the air conditioning unit was taken from Rialto Drive.

There are pending charges against the three suspects in other jurisdictions, according to police. Lombardi and Joni Britton were released from Township police department on their own recognizance. Walter Britton, however, remained in custody to satisfy outstanding warrants. Lakewood Police Department assisted in the investigation.
WMS826 August 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Why does trash continue to steal metal all the time. How much gas and time d they expend in this search for metal. It can't be worth it unless you are a lazy, piece of crap who just refuses to listen to a boss and take orders.
Comfortably Numb August 11, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Come on there are not jobs out there unless you want to work 40hrs a week! Lets steal instead. More out of town trash causing problems.
Marlee August 11, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Drugs..........thats why.
Ken August 11, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I guess my shoot to kill looters comment was too rough
Chuck Cumella August 12, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Looters are to be shot on site!
Mrgrumpass August 12, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Thank You Brick PD great job!
grace August 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM
get a job already..lol open up your own scrap dump
DENNIS SYLVESTER August 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM
It's about time. Catch these thieves and put them in jail. My neighbors and myself have had numerous things stolen off our SANDY beaten homes and property. Light metal is about 9 cents a pound. Really, get a job. Thanks BRICK P.D. . Keep these butt heads out of here.
proud August 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Heard they were spotted on Pelican Island.
Linda Lil August 12, 2013 at 03:06 PM
scary... I am not feeling safe as this type of activity has been happening too often. Thank you to the BPD. Please keep patrolling the area.
Daniellee August 13, 2013 at 10:41 PM
It's really embarrassing to say I know these scumbags and this isn't the first or last time they'll do this shit

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